Delighting customers since day one

Building on a successful career in office equipment sales and management for other Kern-based dealerships, 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 company’s first few months.


Carney’s original staff (circa 1978) — (L‑R): Red LeCain, Kris Kreiser, Rick Kreiser, Bob Carney


In July of 1978, Bob’s son-in-law, Rick Kreiser, joined him and they opened their first “official” showroom on Easton Drive. Quality products, skilled service personnel, and new customers helped the company grow. Within two years, they needed additional space. 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 they needed even more showroom, office, and classroom space. Several remodels later found Carney’s occupying almost half of the 22,000 SF location, but limitations on how the space could be used helped Bob and Rick decide to create their own unique environment elsewhere. In February 1990, they moved to the current Westwind Drive facility.

Evolving with technology

Now, nearly three decades and thousands of successful IT implementations later, Carney’s continues to help central California businesses realize an increase in productivity and a higher return on investment from their technology investments. With Carney’s at the technology helm, our clients can focus on managing their own businesses.

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