Philanthropist Steven Odzer recently discussed Bris Avrohom and how the organization helps the Jewish community thrive.
Roughly 10 percent of the American Jewish community is made up of Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants. Bris Avrohom is an organization, founded in 1979, to help these immigrants find homes, jobs, a nearby Jewish community, and more. Philanthropist Steven Odzer recently explained that the organization is still aiding the Russian Jewish community as well as the Jewish community in America as a whole today.
Bris Avrohom is headquartered in Hillside, N.J., and the two additional centers are in Jersey City and Fair Lawn. Bris Avrohom centers can also be found in Zhitomer, Ukraine, and Brooklyn, N.Y. Today, the organization serves people of Jewish faith from all walks of life and any level of Jewish knowledge. What started as a way to help Russian Jewish immigrants thrive is now helping keep the Jewish faith alive throughout New Jersey and way beyond.
“We could use more organizations like Bris Avrohom across the United States,” Steven Odzer said. “It’s a positive group created solely to aid others and help the Jewish community thrive.”
Steven Odzer is a major supporter of Bris Avrohom and the organization’s goals. Bris Avrohom is extremely welcoming, with wide-open doors inviting people of Jewish faith from around the country and around the world. The organization does not discriminate on your level of Jewish faith or understanding. Steven Odzer explained that a major goal of the organization is to help visitors find their comfort levels, whether they need spiritual advice, education, or more.
Steven Odzer explained that while Bris Avrohom centers now offer daily classes, activities for all age groups, and a variety of celebrations, the foundation of helping new Americans still remains strong. The group serves to instill a sense of Jewish understanding and awareness in those who are new to the United States. Steven Odzer added that the Bris Avrohom organization also offers spiritual and non-spiritual advice to those who may need assistance adjusting to new surroundings.
“Bris Avrohom is a place Jewish immigrants can go to feel welcomed, practice their religion, or find advice on locating jobs or safe, comfortable homes,” Steven Odzer said. “My family is proud to support this organization, because we know all of the good it does for our family as well as the entire Jewish community.”
Steven Odzer stated that Bris Avrohom also serves as a center for practicing Jewish traditions and heritage. Bar mitzvahs, brissin, weddings, and so many other events and learning experiences are held at these centers.
“Bris Avrohom centers are major parts of the communities in which they are involved,” Steven Odzer finished. “They serve as positive examples of what the Jewish community offers to people of all faiths.”
The Pandemic is Leading to More Distribution Issues Than Ever, Steven Odzer Identifies
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to countless distribution issues. Companies have had to deal with extensive delays in shipping to their customers. Some parts are no longer available due to factories being shut down, either temporarily or permanently. Steven Odzer, a distribution specialist with 30 years of experience, explains how the various issues need to be tackled.
Steven Odzer recommends that companies take the time to be transparent to their customers. Most customers understand that there are going to be delays because of the pandemic. When distribution issues are present, communication is critical.
Companies should send out an email to customers while also placing an update on the website. Steven Odzer talks about explaining why there is a distribution, how it’s affecting business, and what a customer can expect. It can lead to improved customer service and more brand loyalty.
Another thing that Steven Odzer recommends is to take a look at the overall supply chain. When the distribution channels have been impacted, there’s generally a reason. It can be beneficial to make a switch to another supplier.
Some distribution channels may be impacted because of the mode of transportation being used. This is when Steven Odzer suggests looking at some of the other ways to get products distributed to where they need to go – either to warehouses, retail stores, or directly to a customer.
Many companies don’t realize that they have to reevaluate what they can and cannot offer within the pandemic. Steven Odzer recommends that businesses take the time to look over their menu of products. It can be better to list some items as temporarily out of stock. This way, it doesn’t leave customers wondering when they’re going to get the products. Further, it can be beneficial to look at ways to add products based on what is available through the supply chain.
The distribution channels are not going to go back to normal any time soon. As certain countries are still dealing with outbreaks and second waves, they’re hesitant to open factories. This means, as Steven Odzer points out, that companies have a choice. They can wait for the factories, find different factories to work with, or eliminate the items that come from those factories.
It can be beneficial to conduct surveys of customer needs, too. Steven Odzer explains that some customers that are used to ordering the same things repeatedly from businesses may have had their needs change in light of the pandemic, too. By conducting surveys, it’s easier to know what customers are looking for and how long they’re willing to wait for shipments.
With the experience that Steven Odzer has, he has worked in a number of situations. Although a pandemic is unique, the heart of it is that it is an upset to the supply chain. Companies will do better if they take the time to plan through it and communicate with their customers.
Renowned philanthropist and healthcare supporter Steven Odzer is going above and beyond showing his support for healthcare workers.
Steven Odzer put his money where his mouth is with a $100,000 donation in COVID-19 supplies to doctors and nurses in New York City Hospitals. Steven Odzer is an industry giant based out of Nevada who is in the business of providing janitorial and other sanitation supplies. When the panic around COVID-19 set in, he reached out to Rabbi Eitan Rubin to discuss finding investors who could help supply hospitals with the supplies they desperately needed to stay safe while treating patients struggling with the coronavirus.
Throughout their conversation, Rabbi Rubin and Steven Odzer, a native of Brooklyn, decided to put their minds together to develop some altruistic ways to help hospitals get the supplies they need. They discussed how desperately New York City hospitals needed additional supplies to help fight the coronavirus. While cases are finally on the decline in New York City, for a time, NYC was at the epicenter of COVID-19. Doctors and nurses were desperately struggling to keep up with caring for patients and finding the personal protective equipment they needed to keep themselves and their patients safe.
Steven Odzer has a special connection to Rabbi Rubin, beyond their common New York City upbringing. Steven Odzer’s son is currently studying at the rabbi’s yeshiva. In an effort to give back to his community, Steven Odzer agreed to start with a $100,000 donation of medical supplies to New York City hospitals, with coordination help from Rabbi Rubin.
In addition to the generous donation, Steven Odzer agreed to provide the rabbi with anything else he needed at cost and on credit. While the rabbi and Steven Odzer understand that much work needs to be done to help doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus get the help that they need, they’re glad to be doing their part to help.
In a conversation with the publication Jewish Insider, Steven Odzer said, “It’s a drop in the bucket of what’s needed, but we’re doing our part.”
While Steven Odzer may feel that his contribution was a small bit of doing his part to help the greater good, he managed to kick off a domino effect of donations throughout the New York City area. The conversation and generosity of Steven Odzer kicked off a run of solicitation from the rabbi, and he’s continuing to work hard to provide healthcare facilities with masks and ventilators to help provide patients with treatment for the coronavirus.
Steven Odzer discusses how one New York yeshiva has helped curb the impact of COVID-19 by finding ways to get protective gear to the medical professionals who need it.
There are a lot of people and organizations trying to do what they can to make a difference during these trying times. The coronavirus has caused a lot of harm on a variety of levels, and the medical personnel on the front line tasked with handling patients who may be infected by this virus are among the most harmed group of people, especially considering how much time they spend around so many. As a result of this time and work, they have been extremely strapped for necessary medical supplies like masks, hand sanitizer, and others. Steven Odzer explains how a New York yeshiva worked to help these essential workers.
Steven Odzer on the Help on Offer from this New York Yeshiva
Thanks to the leadership of Rabbi Eitan Rubin, the head of the New York yeshiva, a number of valuable masks and bottles of hand sanitizer were able to be distributed to various hospitals, helping prevent them from running out and allowing the medical personnel to not have to reuse items that they really should not. The group delivered the supplies to locations including Mt. Sinai Brooklyn, Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and 14 others. They also made a point of delivering masks to EMTs and nursing homes.
One of the things that spurred this is Steven Odzer himself. Steven Odzer worked with Rubin to find a mutually beneficial arrangement: Odzer wanted to keep his staff employed, but due to a limited supply, he was struggling to do so. So in order to get more supply, Steven Odzer and Rubin helped get both a supply for his janitorial supply company as well as hospitals across New York City. Rubin offered $100,000 in funding to help Rubin’s plan get off of the ground, which Rubin started off with a GoFundMe that, as of April 17, 2020, raised approximately $400,000 out of $2 million. Steven Odzer notes that Rubin likened it to the September 11, 2001 attacks, suggesting that there exists a common desire by New Yorkers to do for others during a time of great crisis. Thanks to Steven Odzer, Rubin was able to supply 10s of thousands of necessary medical items, and he hopes to get even more, especially given how many sick people have been in New York City compared to other US cities. Both Steven Odzer and Rubin want to see the number go down, and one of the best ways to do that is to get the necessary supplies into the right hands, namely the hands of people treating those sick.
While he is a successful businessman, a supporter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and a member of Economic Club, Steven Odzer is a family man foremost. “I have seven kids, and I will soon welcome my tenth grandchild,” he says with a smile. Creating a legacy for his family is one of the things that keeps him going. At the end of a long day, Steven Odzer likes to come home to his wife and his younger children who still live at home. He learned everything he knows about the value of family from his father, Seymour Odzer. Steven Odzer hopes to create a legacy similar to the one his father left behind. “My father taught me to surround myself with important people,” Steven said.
Not only is Steven Odzer proud of his immediate family, but he’s also extremely close to his extended family. “I have many family members living in Israel,” Steven says. The entire family likes to stay in touch. This past October 14th, the family honored his cousin Nachston Wachsman on the 25th anniversary of his kidnap and murder. In 1994, at the age of 19, the military instructed him to attend a one-day training in northern Israel when he was on leave. His family expected him home on Sunday night, October 9th, 1994, but sadly he never made it back. The memorial of Nachshon Wachsman on his 25th death anniversary, while sad, made everyone appreciate the importance of family. Businesses and money come and go, but for Steven Odzer, his family is what’s important.
With over 30 years of experience in the distribution industry, Steven Odzer has achieved a lot in his life. He is currently the CEO of the new YBT Industries of Henderson, NV. Steven Odzer attended Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and then to the Brooklyn College Scholars program. At the age of 18, when he started his first company out of his parent’s basement, he sold napkins, paper cups, and plates door to door in his neighborhood of Flatbush. All his accomplishments in the industry earned Steven the title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 in the area of distribution.
When Steven Odzer is not taking care of his family, he likes to support other worthy causes. He is a big supporter of Jewish and non-Jewish causes, the Arab-Jewish business cooperation.
The Odzer family received the highest honor when Yehoshua Ben Tzvi Hakohain Odzer was awarded an award. “I am honored to be able to accept this award for my father’s work,” Steven Odzer said on December 15, 2019, at the Ahavas Torah Center’s celebration of 8 Years of Torah and Community Growth Gala. Seymour Odzer received the lifetime achievement award for his work in the Jewish community.
Steven Odzer couldn’t hold his excitement as he stepped up to accept the award. Many members of the Odzer family attended the gala and sat in the front row, clapping as Steven Odzer stepped on the podium. Steven Odzer himself has a strong connection to the Ahavas Torah Center. “I feel that this community represents the finest that people can achieve through hard work and dedication, and I’m proud to be a supporter of this great cause.”
Growing up, Steven Odzer learned many things from his father, and he applied his advice for the rest of his life. “My father taught me to surround myself with important people. I get my inspiration from the business connections I make. Two of my partners are billionaires, and I stay involved with the Republic Jewish Coalition. I recently joined the Economic Club, where I have been able to meet some of the most successful business leaders in the world,” Steven Odzer said.
With over 30 years of experience in the distribution industry, Steven Odzer has made a name for himself in the field. Steven Odzer has led as CEO of many successful companies such as Paper Pro Inc., GlobalSupplyNet.com, and YBT Industries of Henderson, NV. Steven Odzer wouldn’t be the man he is today without the encouragement of his father. Seymour Odzer supported his son from the very beginning when he started his first business at the age of 18.
Steven Odzer will continue to honor the work his dad did for the Ahavas Torah Center. Odzer hopes to continue the great work of the Ahavas Torah Center in Nevada. Steven Odzer splits his time between Henderson, NV, and New York.
The Ahavas Torah Center’s Jewish learning and community outreach programs do great things for the community. Those interested in supporting the Ahavas Torah Center can visit www.atcdinner.com to learn more and make a donation. These contributions are tax-free, and there are also opportunities to place an ad in the Ahavas Torah Center’s journal.
When he’s not growing his businesses and making a difference in the community, Steven Odzer likes to run around after his grandchildren.
On November 19, 2019, the Chairman and CEO of the Vegas Golden Knights, Billy Foley, announced an exciting new partnership. In a statement, CEO Bill Foley said, “The Vegas Golden Knights and BT Supplies both share the same foundational principles of commitment to our community and dedication to growing the great game of hockey.” According to Billy Foley, the Vegas Golden Knights signed a long-term agreement partnering up with BT SUPPLIES WEST, INC.
The terms of the agreement will change the name of the Vegas Golden Knights Community Arena in Henderson, Nevada, to its new official name, “Lifeguard Arena in Henderson.” BT and the Vegas Golden Knights are thrilled about the partnership and what the arena will do for the community. Bill Foley also expressed that the purpose of the arena will be to “provide locals and hockey fans of all ages and skill levels with a world-class location to learn, play, and experience the sport.”
Steven Odzer, the CEO of BT Supplies, helped orchestrate the deal between the two entities. “As the official supply partner for the Vegas Golden Knights, Lifeguard will name the team’s outstanding new facility, the Lifeguard Arena in Hendersons,” Steven Odzer said. BT is also affiliated with L&M Foodservice Inc., and together they’re the leader suppliers of disposable and reusable paper goods and janitorial supplies and equipment in the area. Together, BT and L&M will form the new entity Lifeguard Industrial and Home Supplies.
Since the partnership, both companies plan a rebranding that is scheduled to be ready in time for the grand opening of the new Vegas Golden Knights Arena. The grand opening date has not been officially announced yet, but it’s on schedule for 2020. The terms of the partnership make the BT Supplies the exclusive supplier of the Vegas Golden Knights and other affiliated businesses.
Steven Odzer has over 30 years of experience in the distribution industry. He started his first company out of his parents’ basement at the age of 18, selling napkins, paper cups, and plates door to door in his neighborhood of Flatbush. Steven Odzer worked his way up for many years. In 2000, Steven received the title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the area of distribution.
Steven Odzer is a member of the Economic Club of New York and a supporter of the Republican Party. He is a big supporter of Jewish and non-Jewish causes, the Arab-Jewish business cooperation, and agencies that help people with disabilities. When he’s not involved in hockey or the distribution industry, Steven Odzer likes to support worthy causes.
November 19, 2019, the Chairman and CEO of the Vegas Golden Knights, Billy Foley, announced an exciting new partnership. According to Billy Foley, the Vegas Golden Knights signed a long-term agreement partnering up with Steven Odzer and BT SUPPLIES WEST, INC. The terms of the agreement will change the name of the Vegas Golden Knights Community Arena in Henderson, Nevada, to its new official name, “Lifeguard Arena in Henderson.” Since BT has its headquarters in Henderson, NV, the partnership made sense.
In a statement, CEO Bill Foley said, “The Vegas Golden Knights and BT Supplies both share the same foundational principles of commitment to our community and dedication to growing the great game of hockey.” Bill Foley also expressed that the purpose of the arena will be to “provide locals and hockey fans of all ages and skill levels with a world-class location to learn, play, and experience the sport.” BT and the Vegas Golden Knights are thrilled about the partnership and what the arena will do for the community. The grand opening date has not been officially announced yet, but it’s on schedule for 2020.
Steven Odzer, the CEO of BT Supplies, helped orchestrate the deal between the two entities. “As the official supply partner for the Vegas Golden Knights, Lifeguard will name the team’s outstanding new facility, the Lifeguard Arena in Hendersons,” Steven Odzer said. He has been a big fan of the Vegas Golden Knights and would often travel between New York and Nevada to cheer on his favorite hockey team. Steven Odzer saw this as an excellent opportunity to combine his passion for hockey and his keen eye for business.
BT Supplies is also affiliated with L&M Foodservice Inc., and together they’re the leader suppliers of disposable and reusable paper goods and janitorial supplies and equipment in the area. Together, BT and L&M will form the new entity Lifeguard Industrial and Home Supplies. Since the partnership, both companies plan a rebranding that is scheduled to be ready in time for the grand opening of the new Vegas Golden Knights Arena. The terms of the partnership make the BT Supplies the exclusive supplier of the Vegas Golden Knights and other affiliated businesses.
When he’s not involved in hockey or the distribution industry, Steven Odzer likes to help worthy causes. He is a big supporter of Jewish and non-Jewish causes, the Arab-Jewish business cooperation, and agencies that help people with disabilities. Steven Odzer also announced the launch of the Stephen Odzer Scholarship program, which would give 20 scholarships valued at $1,000 each.
Steven Odzer discusses what it means to him to be a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Businessman Steven Odzer is ecstatic to share what it meant to him to belong to the Economic Club of New York. “I recently joined the Economic Club, where I have been able to meet some of the most successful business leaders in the world,” Steven Odzer says. He was most proud to be able to attend an event on November 12, 2019; he participated in the event at the Economic Club on November 12, 2019, where President Donald Trump gave a speech.
During his speech, President Trump talked about his plan to move production factories back to the U.S. and help the American People. In his speech, President Trump addressed withstand on phase one of the Trade Deal with China. “A significant ‘phase one’ trade deal with China could happen. [It] could happen soon. But we will only accept a deal if it’s good for the United States and our workers and our great companies because we’ve been hit very hard,” said President Trump. President Trump mentioned how Americans are now forced to work two or three jobs and make a lot less money than they made 21 years ago.
President Trump also inspired the audience by saying, “We have ended the war on American workers, we have stopped the assault on [the] American industry, and we have launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”
The decision to join the Economic Club was influenced by a piece of advice Steven Odzer’s father gave him when he was a young man. “My father taught me to surround myself with important people,” says Steven. He never forgot the words of his father; in fact, two of his current business partners are billionaires. Steven Odzer aims to make excellent business connections at the Economic Club.
Economic Club of New York | Steven Odzer
Modeled after the Economic Clubs of the Boston Area, the Economic Club of New York has been around since 1907. Ever since its founding, the Economic Club has been a place where their members can go when they want to engage in constructive debates and thoughtful discussions with regards to issues of the era. For example, in the 1910s, members of the club debated topics such as the women’s suffrage movement and U.S. income tax.
Steven Odzer is a big supporter of Jewish and non-Jewish causes, the Arab-Jewish business cooperation, and agencies that help people with disabilities. Steven Odzer also likes to spend his time with his grandchildren.
Steven Odzer started making his mark in the distribution industry 30 years ago. Although he is now the CEO of YBT Industries of Henderson, NV, he started small. “I started my first company at age 18 out of my parents’ basement,” he says proudly. His humble beginnings make him even more grateful for all of the success he has achieved.
Like all young entrepreneurs, Steven Odzer had to get creative with his first business. Steven Odzer sold paper cups, napkins, and plates, which he sold door to door in his neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. He managed all of his inventory out of his parent’s basement. Steven Odzer attended Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and moved to the Brooklyn College Scholars program. After his door to door business took off, he started selling supplies to food chain restaurants, and over time his clients transitioned to hospitals and nursing homes.
Since all of this success, he has branched out in his business deals as well as philanthropy. Steven Odzer helped orchestrate a contract between the Vegas Golden Knights and BT Supplies. The terms of the agreement will change the name of the Vegas Golden Knights Community Arena in Henderson, Nevada, to its new official designation, “Lifeguard Arena in Henderson.”
On December 15, 2019, at the Ahavas Torah Center’s celebration of 8 Years of Torah and Community Growth Gala, they presented Seymour Odzer with a lifetime achievement award for his work in the Jewish community. Although the family would have liked for Seymour Odzer to have accepted this award in person, Steven was honored to receive it on behalf of his late father.
Steven Odzer also announced the launch of the Stephen Odzer Scholarship program, which would give 20 scholarships valued at $1,000 each.