Steve Chen
Steve Chen

Steve Chen of Crystal Window and Door Systems was promoted to chief operating officer earlier this year, and it didn’t take long for him to tally another accolade onto his resume.

Chen was recently featured in the northeast regional real estate development and construction publication New York Real Estate Journal as the “Executive of the Month.” The article highlighted Chen’s dynamic leadership and accomplishments, focusing on the executive’s change and improvement strategies driving the company’s success. According to the company, in 2013 Crystal achieved record sales levels and double digit percent growth over the prior year, largely due to Chen’s efforts and initiatives.

“When I joined Crystal, started by my father Thomas Chen, one of the major challenges was the transition from a family business to a corporate enterprise and remain successful,” said Steve Chen.  “I saw technology-driven operational improvements as one of the keys to making this transition and that’s where I focused my efforts.”

Chen has officially been with Crystal for 10 years. Unofficially, Crystal says Chen was involved with the family-owned enterprise from his childhood in many hands-on capacities throughout the firm. Chen is the current president of the Northeast Window & Door Association , serves on an advisory board to the New York Federal Reserve Bank and is active with many regional non-profits.