Crystal Window & Door Systems’ chief operating officer Steve Chen has been named to Crain’s New York Business magazine’s prestigious 2016 40 Under 40 list of top New York area young executives.

Steve Chen
Steve Chen

“Crystal is one of the few remaining true manufacturers in New York City,” says Chen. “I’m thrilled the company and I have been selected for this honor by one of the most prestigious business periodicals in the nation.”

Past recent 40 Under 40 winners include Robert Reffkin, vice president of Goldman Sachs; Kenneth Chenault, executive vice president of American Express; Congresswoman Grace Meng; Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T in New York State; Jason Ackerman, CEO of Fresh Direct; and Nick Cannon, well known celebrity and president of Ncredible Entertainment.

Crain’s receives more than 500 nominees each year for the 40 Under 40 List from a broad spectrum of industries. Reporters for the publication vet nominees for their professional success, community service and participation in professional and trade groups. Editors and senior reporters then meet to review the results of the vetting process and make the final 40 selections.

For more than a decade, Chen has had overall responsibility for the operations of Crystal’s growing family of vinyl and aluminum window companies, its 600 employees and nearly one million square feet of manufacturing space. Born in Taiwan, Chen came to America with his parents at an early age. He grew up in the family window business, working through high school and college wherever needed — on the factory floor making windows, in accounting or even loading trucks.

Since taking the helm of the manufacturer in 2005, the company claims Chen has grown sales more than 70 percent, in addition to acquiring properties and launching production facilities in California and Pennsylvania, expanding distribution to 40 states and adding 200 employees. The company’s flagship factory in New York City produces nearly 2,000 doors and windows each day.