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INTERVIEW
Dan Feldstein
CEO, Crestron Electronics
Your father, George Feldstein, was an industry icon
who founded and guided Crestron for many years. When
did you start being engaged in Crestron?
First I was born, and then I started working at Crestron.
That's pretty much how it goes. My involvement with the
company goes back to my earliest memories, whether it was
wandering around the stock room, or picking out parts to
tinker around for some project.
I love being around the company, and being around my
father. I would come up with an idea and we'd sit after dinner
and he'd draw the circuit up for me. Then, the next day
I would pick out all my parts and try to build it. It really was
just part of who I was, being around Crestron.
How did you get into the operational side of the
business?
I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for computer
systems engineering and then graduated with that degree in
'94. Then, I came immediately to work for Crestron. I worked
as a software engineer and started writing some firmware
as well, and did that for about eight years. Then, I had an
opportunity to move out of engineering to help support the
company's implementation of our SAP ERP system.
" The company doesn't have
to push to achieve quarterly
results for investors - we
can take a long view of things
and build a strong team that is
able to build these products and
sustain them into the future. "
It was interesting because we chose SAP, which was
really above our heads at that time. It was a big lift for us to
implement such a massive software platform. We were that
confident that we were not done growing - we were just
starting, and going to move forward. We wanted a platform
that would support that, and it's been great. We're still
using that platform, still building on it constantly.
That was really my foray into the operational side. Then,
we started building our research center and I was involved
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in that project as well and headed up that team. A few
years later, we built out our Orangeburg, N.Y., building.
After that, I got a little more heavily into that side, into the
facility's side. I was also involved in human resources and
accounting as well, and IT.
I've been to every InfoComm since 1994 except for two;
I've always been in touch with the industry, and been
in touch with our dealers. I've just been a little more on
the periphery in some ways. Now, I can be more directly
involved and work more directly with them. It's really been a
great transition.
What do you think keeps Crestron in such a leadership
role for so many years?
Well, I think the key is, and it started with my father, it was
our drive and our passion to always push things forward, to
always try to do our best in whatever we did. Also, because
of the foundation he built and kept it as a private company,
it gave us the flexibility and the agility to always do what
we felt was right for our people, for our customers, for our
industry. The company doesn't have to push to achieve
quarterly results for investors - we can take a long view
of things and build a good, strong team that is able to build
these products and sustain them into the future. I think
that's helped a lot.
Quite honestly, that's what makes it fun ... the ability to
do what we want to do and do it the right way, because we
know that's the right way to do it. Not because, 'Oh, the
bank's going to call in a note or the investors want their
money out so we've got to do this.' The only calls I want are
my customers telling me, 'This is what we need,' and then
we can work with them and get them that.
Coming in as CEO, are there pet projects or things that
you really want to see Crestron gravitate toward?
Generally speaking, it's about staying the course and moving
forward. In terms of my own leadership aspects, I want to
bring more collaboration. I think we can always improve on
that. Also, I want to empower our people. As we grow, it's all
about scalability; I can't try to do it all myself. I have a great
team. I've been working to get comfortable with how they
operate, understanding what their instincts are telling them
to do, and then empowering them to go out and do that.
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