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Crystal Windows Founder Profiled on TV Show
–Thomas Chen Featured on Building New York-NY Life Stories–
FLUSHING, NY, March 24, 2014 – Thomas Chen, CEO & founder of national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, recently appeared on a New York area television show to share his entrepreneurial story. Mr. Chen was featured on Building New York – NY Life Stories, a regional television show profiling the lives of some of New York's most prominent leaders in the real estate, developer, construction and related business fields. The half-hour personal interview format show is hosted by noted New York real estate and business commentator Michael Stoler.
The show traces the life of Thomas Chen from his very humble beginnings as the son of a farmer in Taiwan, through his immigration to America, his modest entry into the fenestration business to the enormous success of Crystal Windows and its subsidiaries and affiliate businesses.
“I'm used to working hard, trying new ideas, it's all I've known," said Thomas Chen. "When Building New York asked me to share my story with its audience, I wasn't sure it would be interesting enough. But then I thought it might be inspiring to other newcomers to America, that you really can succeed if you look for opportunities to use your talents and you work hard. I'm glad I could contribute to the show."
Mr. Chen was joined for the interview by his son Steve Chen, who is Chief Operating Officer at Crystal Windows. "Michael Stoler is an incredibly knowledgeable host and excellent interviewer,” said Steve Chen. “It‟s amazing how much information is brought out with his easygoing informal conversational style.” During the show, Steve shared with Michael Stoler how the company continues to grow and evolve, and the strategic role Thomas plays in those decisions.
The life story of Thomas Chen on Building New York – NY Life Stories aired several times during the week from 3/10/14 through 3/16/14. The show was carried by CUNY-TV, the television network of the City University of New York, via cable outlets Time Warner/Cablevision, RCN and Verizon and broadcast over the airwaves via digital Channel 25.3. It also appeared nationally on JLTV, available in many metro areas, as well as online through several websites. Michael Stoler is the president of New York Real Estate TV and a managing director at Madison Realty Capital, a private equity firm. Mr. Stoler is the host and executive producer of Building New York-NY Life Stories, and The Stoler Report-New York's Business Report. He is a real estate and business commentator with a regular report on 1010 WINS radio, the largest station in the nation. Mr. Stoler is also co-host of a Sirius XM radio show and a columnist with the Commercial Observer real estate trade magazine.
Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 40 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing "green" environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at www.crystalwindows.com.
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