Steven Odzer sits down to talk about his 30 years working and promoting innovation in the distribution industry.
Steven Odzer is a name that many business professionals in New York associate with the distribution industry. As of this year, Steven Odzer will have spent 30 years in the distribution business. This experience not only stands as an admirable achievement and milestone but also as a moment of reflection for Mr. Odzer.
Steven Odzer Discusses the Most Important Lessons He Learned From 30 Years in the Distribution Business
These 30 years taught Steven Odzer many valuable lessons, which he is happy to share with the world. Here’s what he had to say:
- “Working in distribution is all about efficiency. 30 years ago, we didn’t have the kind of technology we have today. Things are speeding up at an unprecedented rate and I like to think that I’ve been at the forefront of these changes, at least where distribution is concerned. I’ve always encouraged my teams and suppliers to adapt to the latest processes to ensure the satisfaction of the supplier, the client, and my company.” – Steven Odzer
- “Spending 30 years in the same industry is not without its drawbacks. You always look back and wonder what would have changed if I had taken a different path. Forgive me; I tend to get nostalgic about my career. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. My family and I have been extremely happy with the success I’ve achieved. I don’t like to brag, but I like to think that I’m one of the best distributors in the northeast!” – Steven Odzer
- “The customer or client is always right. This applies whether you’re managing a restaurant or a large distribution team. If my client sets a tight deadline, I don’t argue. I don’t say that it can’t be done. I make it happen. In my mind, there’s no excuse to deliver late shipments or dissatisfy the client. That’s a clear sign that there’s something wrong with the management or distribution process.” – Steven Odzer
- “To me, my career has been one of the most important aspects of my life. However, it doesn’t come first. My family and my faith come before everything else. That said, I’ve been very lucky in my life. I’ve been able to find a healthy balance between my personal and professional life. I think that’s extremely important, especially if you work in distribution, where issues can arise at just about any time, day or night.” – Steven Odzer
- “It may sound like I’m getting toward the end of my career, but when you have a passion for your work like I do, you just don’t want to stop. I want to keep going. I want to keep innovating. My goal is to retire when I physically or mentally can’t do it anymore, but not a second sooner!” – Steven Odzer