CMP New York awarded Crystal Window & Door Systems president Steve Chen the Breakthrough Leadership Award at the non-profit organization’s annual Breakthrough Rising Gala. CMP provides new immigrants and first-time job seekers the necessary tools to enhance their employability.
The gala paid tribute to second-generation New York area entrepreneurs continuing the legacy built with their families’ startup companies and breaking new ground.
“It was very rewarding to be recognized by CMP for continuing the growth of Crystal Windows, the company my parents began over 30 years ago,” says Chen. “It has been challenging to keep the company successful through economic downturns and booms and hard work to ensure Crystal stays at the cutting edge in an industry rapidly evolving. But I hope Crystal’s success and my story can inspire other second-generation leaders to steer their family businesses to even greater heights.”
Chen was also presented with a New York City Council proclamation by city council member Vicky Paladino. She stated, “So often parents start a business, and when they start a business, they hope to pass it down to their kids. And often, it doesn’t go well. But in this case, [Chen] succeeded.”
CMP New York was established in 1972 to serve the Asian-American immigrant community expanding in New York City. Since then, CMP has extended its reach to many diverse communities, with seven locations in Manhattan and Queens.