Assistant VP for Communications
Media Advisory for Friday, November 2, 8–10 am
STEVE CHEN OF CRYSTAL WINDOW & DOOR SYSTEMS TO SPEAK
AT QUEENS COLLEGE BUSINESS FORUM
-- Company Went from Start-Up to International in Less Than 20 Years –
|WHAT: ||Queens College Business Forum |
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| WHO: ||Steve Chen, Executive Vice President of Crystal Window & Door Systems, will talk |
| ||about the challenges of growth in a highly competitive industry and a global economy. |
| ||Thanks to the business-friendly environment of Queens, this entrepreneurial company |
| ||went from startup to international manufacturer in less than 20 years. |
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|WHEN: ||Informal breakfast begins at 8 am |
| ||Formal program 8:30–10 am |
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|WHERE: ||Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing |
| ||Student Union, 4th Floor |
| ||For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php |
Steve Chen is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of Crystal Window & Door Systems, one of the top 60 North American manufacturers of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum windows and doors. Chen directs the sale and marketing of large-scale projects throughout the East Coast and in the Midwest, from proposal and estimate to production and delivery. He also manages finance, accounting, production, product R&D, marketing and advertising initiatives, sales administration and branch office operations for Crystal Extrusion Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crystal Window & Door Systems.
Chen grew up in this family business. As a teenager, during the summer and on weekends he assisted his father Thomas Chen, who founded the company, in making windows in the factory, as well as doing bookkeeping and loading trucks. Before rejoining Crystal in 2003 as project manager, Chen led a team of investment account managers at First Union Asset Management, where he worked with pension/investment plan brokers in portfolio development. Chen graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Economics. He also attended the executive business program at Dartmouth’s Tucks Business School. Chen is involved with several local trade and business organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and Northeast Window & Door Association, as well as various philanthropic, educational and cultural institutions, including the Queens Library Foundation.
The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Chase, Con Edison, Farrell Fritz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Times Ledger, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for “town and gown” to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme, “Queens: A Catalyst for Success,” is reflected in the subject matter of each seminar. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight to attendees on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.