Steve Chen to Head Crystal Windows Operations

Crystal Window and Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., has named Steve Chen, son of company founder Thomas Chen, as executive vice president over company operations. According to a news release from the company, the title represents a significant promotion for Steve, and the transition from the company's founder to the next family generation.

As executive vice president, Steve Chen will direct the integration of sales and marketing strategy with production and customer service for the parent company and its domestic fenestration subsidiaries. This move enables the company's founder, entrepreneur Thomas Chen, to focus on business development opportunities overseas, direct Crystal's international subsidiaries and explore a wide range of innovative building products.

To assist specifically with the transition, Crystal has engaged David Ewing, a seasoned manufacturing industry executive with experience in the building products industry at the chief executive officer level. Ewing was previously with Four Seasons Sunrooms and Rockwell International, among others. His role is to facilitate change and provide guidance for Thomas, Steve and other senior personnel. The transition has progressed well for the past several months: the first phase has been to establish Steve Chen and Ewing as "co-leaders," jointly running operations and collaborating on major decisions. In the next phase of transition, Steve Chen will take more of the lead, with Ewing continuing to provide consulting and guidance.

Steve Chen is an alumnus of the Bronx High School of Science and graduated with a degree in economics from Penn State University. Upon graduation, Steve joined First Union Asset Management as leader of a team of investment account managers. There he was responsible for portfolio accounting, working with pension and investment plan brokers and their customers, and honing his skills in client relations. He joined Crystal as a project manager in 2003, gaining experience in marketing, sales, accounting, product design, aluminum extrusion and manufacturing processes, before taking his current role over the entire window and door operation.

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