Our History

The first Carney showroom circa 1978. From the left: Red LeCain, Kris Kreiser, Rick Kreiser, Bob Carney

Building on a successful career in office equipment sales and management for other Kern-based businesses, Bob Carney made the decision to step out on his own in December of 1977. In a spare bedroom of his northeast Bakersfield home, armed with little more than a strong reputation for providing superior customer service, Bob realized his entrepreneurial vision. Carney’s Office Equipment was born. With the support of his family and loyal customers, sales grew steadily during the fledgling company’s first few months.

In July of 1978, Bob was joined by his son-in-law, Rick Kreiser. Their first “official” showroom was opened on Easton Drive. Product lines, service personnel and new customers helped the company grow. Within two years, additional space was needed. They didn’t have to look far – right across the parking lot to the 4200 Easton Drive building. Business and staff continued to grow and, along with this, the requirement for even more showroom, office and classroom space.

Several remodels later found Carney’s occupying almost half of the 22,000 SF location, but limitation on how the space could be used helped Bob and Rick decide to create their own unique environment elsewhere. A move to the current Westwind Drive facility was completed in February of 1990.

Now, two decades and thousands of successful IT implementations later, Carney’s continue to help central California businesses realize increased productivity and a higher ROI from their technology investments. With Carney’s at the technology helm, our clients can forget about IT worries and focus on managing their own businesses.

Over the years, Kern County has experienced explosive growth, and technology has changed every aspect of the way we live and do business. But one thing remains the same as it did that winter day more than thirty years ago– Carney’s commitment to provide the best products and services.