Steven Firstenberg, Kichler ’s International Sales Manager, died unexpectedly on Jan. 30, 2013.
For the last 20 years, Firstenberg was instrumental in the growth and success of Kichler’s international sales efforts. His ability to forge customer relationships and build lasting friendships were the hallmark of his professional career.
“We will all miss Steve as a work colleague and friend after his many years of loyal service to this company, and extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends at this sad time,” says Tony Davidson, President and CEO of Kichler.
Firstenberg had a strong belief that a person’s work was a noble calling, which he embraced by his dedication to the company and the growth of the Kichler team. He was a principled person and always emphasized the need to tell the truth — even when it was not popular. Firstenberg’s sense of humor, creativity, generosity with his time and talent, and fundamental belief in people were treasured by all who knew him, Davidson says.
Firstenberg graduated with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yeshiva University Belfer Graduate School of Science. From there he embarked on a career concentrated on international service and sales activities that led him around the world.
Firstenberg is survived by his wife and college sweetheart Barbara, sons Michael Firstenberg and Joshua (Halley) Firstenberg, daughter Karen Firstenberg, grandchildren Benjamin, Eitan and Elle, and brother David.