PRIDE Spotlight – Dealer: Michael Konzelman
Name: Michael Konzelman
Company: ECONOMY Paper and Restaurant Supply Co Inc.
Location: Clifton, New Jersey (Northern Jersey)
Do you have a niche product? We have been the Master Distributor for WMF Coffee Machines for nearly 20 years.
How did you get involved in the Foodservice Industry? My family has been in the Restaurant Equipment and Supplies business for 86 years Since 1932. Each generation has been brought up working in the business as teenagers learning every aspect of the business.
Describe the best foodservice job that you have done? We have done so many jobs over the years, they are all unique and challenging, many of them were re-models of jobs my dad did 30-40 years ago. I would have to say the most notable is the Venetian Caterers in Garfield, NJ. The location was one of my dad’s jobs when originally built in the 1970’s. When I got involved the location was scheduled to be doubled in size. We added another full kitchen, indoor and outdoors bars etc. Everything was the very best for durability and to obtain a unique look that still dominates the catering business today.
Describe the best job you have done this month? We recently completed another long time customer renovation. Prime 94 in Fairfield NJ, which was a total tear down of a customer of my dads from 1969. The ownership changed in the last 15 years and was purchased by a current customer who we have done numerous jobs for in the past.
What’s the greatest advice you have been given about this industry? Take your time and listen to what the customer is saying to you.
If you weren’t in foodservice, what other industries do you have an interest in? I grew up in the business as a young child. My dad took me on the job sites, I did little things to help the men while staying out of harms way. I always liked the construction side of the business, and never really thought about doing anything else. I am 53, most civil servants are retiring, I am just hitting my stride after 33 full time years.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Building a business with my brother and sister, taking our generation to its own level
What is your favorite activity outside of the office? I enjoy deep sea fishing and boating as my hobbies.
Where is your favorite place to travel? Traveling is basically enjoyable to me, I like to people watch and pick up their customs. My favorite would probably be around fishing, St Thomas for Blue marlin season is probably my favorite.
Name one item on your bucket list: Meeting President Trump.
Address: 180 Broad Street Clifton, New Jersey