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GOERING CENTER - FINALIST by Ryan Newman

KOLAR DESIGN IS A GOERING CENTER PRIVATE BUSINESS AWARD FINALIST

Kolar Design is proud to be recognized as one of the Cincinnati Region’s Most Distinguished Private Businesses, being named a finalist for the 17th Annual 2016 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards.

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 20, 2016 – Kolar Design is the recipient of the 2016 Goering Center Family & Private Business Finalist Award for Private Businesses with fewer than 25 employees. This annual honor is bestowed upon only two companies and exemplifies what family and private business is and can be.

Kolar Design, founded by Kelly Kolar in 1990, is passionate about finding new and better ways to connect people, places and brands – from healing environments focused on the patient and family experience to global workplaces that blend corporate and cultural identity. The firm of 17 has always used current employees as the best recruiting tool for the company and has proven that Kolar University is their “secret sauce” for attracting and retaining top-notch talent and emerging leaders. 

Kelly Kolar, president, and founder said, “We are so grateful for everything UC has fostered in our firm, from our early education days to where we are today, working globally at the intersection of people and place. The Goering center continues to be our “go to” source for inspiration and collaboration. We want to thank the Center for this award and the business community that has supported our growth.” 

This annual recognition program, in its 17th year, honors Cincinnati regional businesses that exemplify the best in family and private business practices. This year, 570 businesses were nominated for these awards. Kolar Design was evaluated by an independent panel of judges who evaluated hiring and employment practices, specifically as to whether those practices have helped Kolar Design unify a multigenerational workforce.

After being named one of only 75 semi-finalists, Kolar Design was then selected as a Finalist for Private Businesses with fewer than 25 employees. IntrustIT was also honored as a Finalist by the Goering Center in this category. Vehr Communications was recognized as the winner of the Private Business Award category with fewer than 25 employees. Also, the Drees Company was named to the Goering Center Hall of Fame and Pam Beigh, president and founder of SalesCORE, was titled the 2016 Keith Baldwin Volunteer Award Winner for her dedication and service to the Goering Center.  

Kolar Design is one of an estimated 4,500 family and private businesses in the Cincinnati region; the Goering Center has 330 of these businesses as active members with a goal of 400 members by the end of 2018.  Membership is not a prerequisite for the awards or nomination, as nearly half of the semi-finalists are not current Goering Center members.


About the Goering Center for Family & Private BusinessGoering.UC.edu Established in 1989, the Goering Center for Family & Private Business serves nearly 400 members, making it the country’s largest university-based educational non-profit for family and private businesses. The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, provides access to a vast resource of business programming and expertise.  Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success.  For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit Goering.UC.edu.

Goering Center - Semi-Finalist by Ryan Newman

Kolar Design is proud to announce the recognition as a Semi-Finalist for the 17th Annual, 2016 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards.

Kolar Design, in business for over 25 years, is passionate about finding new and better ways to connect people, places and brands – from healing environments focused on the patient and family experience to global workplaces that blend corporate and cultural identity. The firm of 17 has always used current employees as the best recruiting tool for the company, and has proven that Kolar University is their “secret sauce” for attracting and retaining top notch talent and emerging leaders.

 “I want to thank the Goering Center for this recognition and am honored to be among these prestigious Cincinnati companies. The Center has helped us grow and shape business to the next level and they continue to be one of our city’s best assets,” says Kelly Kolar, president and founder.

As a semi-finalist, Kolar Design will be further evaluated by an independent panel of judges who will be looking at their hiring and employment practices, specifically as to whether those practices have helped them unify a multigenerational workforce.

This annual recognition program, in its 17th year, honors Cincinnati regional businesses that exemplify the best in family and private business practices. Each year over 500 businesses are nominated for these awards and from those numbers 75 semi-finalists are selected.              

On September 13, 2016 one winner and two finalists will be announced in both family and private business divisions that are also categorized by their number of employees.  The 2016 Goering Center Hall of Fame winner will be celebrated, and one volunteer will be named the 2016 Baldwin Volunteer of the Year for their dedication and service to the Goering Center. 


About the Goering Center for Family & Private BusinessGoering.UC.edu Established in 1989, the Goering Center for Family & Private Business serves more than 400 members, making it the country’s largest university based educational non-profit for family and private businesses. The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, provides access to a vast resource of business programing and expertise.  Through this affiliation, Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success. For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit Goering.UC.edu.

The 2016 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards winners will be announced at the awards gala this fall at the JACK Cincinnati Casino on September 13, 2016. 


About Kolar Design – KolarDesign Founded in 1990 by Kelly Kolar, Kolar Design is an award-winning global strategic design firm specializing in building branded experiences at the intersection of people and place.  Key clients include: Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Children’s Hosptial, Mercy Health and Atricure. 

Our interdisciplinary team of curated brand strategists, marketers, designers and planners work from brand conception to construction in the creation of environments that connect brands with the people who matter most to them.

With insight, design thinking and imagination, we transform spaces into places where people and brands connect. To learn more, please visit www.KolarDesign.net or call 513.241.4884.

The 25th Year by Ryan Newman

2015 was a banner year for Kolar Design. On the surface it was our 25th year in business. 25 years that Kolar Design has focused on harnessing the power of design as a transformative expression in built environments. A legacy of work that combines design and understanding of the human element to find new and better ways to connect people, places and brands.



KEY PROJECTS

  • AtriCure New HQ | Mason, Ohio – Workplace Branded Environment

  • Bridge Park | Dublin, Ohio - Signage / Wayfinding / Brand / Placemaking

  • Cincinnati Children’s | Cincinnati, Ohio – Multiple Projects

  • Easton Town Centre | Columbus, Ohio – Identity – Visitor Experience

  • Graydon Head (Law Firm) | Cincinnati, Ohio – Brand Development and Workplace

  • Louisville International Airport (SDF) | Louisville, Kentucky – Brand Development and Interior Renovation

  • Village of Evendale | Evendale, Ohio – Civic Identity / Infrastructure Design


SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Women's Business Enterprise Star

Kelly Kolar, the President and Founder of Kolar Design – received the nation's premier award for excellence among women's business enterprises (WBEs). The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) awarded Kolar at its Salute to Women's Business Enterprises. The gala took place on March 19, 2015 and was the concluding event to WBENC’s annual Summit & Salute. The event convened more than 1,500 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC’s Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

25th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Thank you to everyone who made our 25th Anniversary Open House such a success. We enjoyed seeing the many faces who have supported Kolar over the last 25 years. It is because of you—our clients, partners, staff and friends—that we can celebrate this milestone. Thank you for being a part of our journey thus far!

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Kolar has added several new members to their curated team during its 25th year – Lindsay Selders, Matthew Grote, Christian Reichle, and Ryan Newman. A diverse group of new teammates that continues the design excellence that Kolar has been known for since it’s inception.



WOMEN MAKING WAVES

On May 20, ArtsWave hosted its Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium for members of its Women’s Leadership Roundtable.  Founded in 2014, the Women’s Leadership Roundtable brings together women who support and value the impact of the arts in our region. Mary Dietrich of Kolar Design shared a powerful story about her passion for creating environments and opportunities that inspire empathy in the healthcare system and beyond. Speakers, audience members, and organizers agreed that the evening was empowering and inspiring.  Nancy Stewart, Senior Sales Contract Analyst at GE Aviation, ArtsWave advocate, and a Women’s Leadership Roundtable Member wrote:  “I met, mingled and heard from some amazing women. It was ArtsWave with a ladies' touch and it was a higher level that I'm so glad I did not miss.”

 

CONNECTING PEOPLE + PLACE by Ryan Newman

In January of 1990, kolar was founded by an entrepreneur with a far-reaching dream that the “power of design could make a difference in the world.”

It is that original dream that continues our exploration into the transformative power of design. A tool that when used properly can excite, entice and even invigorate people to make a difference.

Over the last 25 years, we've held steadfast to this belief, listening carefully about client’s business challenges and anticipating the future on their behalf. They are the driving force behind kolar and our partners in innovation, always pushing us to be our best and to do what's right. Their support and continued trust in us is at the heart of our success.

Today, kolar is central to the creation of building branded experiences. Our services and products span from corporate workplace to healing environments in healthcare, to public parks and great civic spaces.

We believe passionately in our vision of building branded experiences at the intersection of people and place, creating meaningful, memorable and measurable results to the people that matter most to you. 

Ultimately, the value of design can only be measured by how it benefits people. That's why we believe putting people at the center of design is fundamental.

No matter what form the environments take, how much brand they become, or over what journey they travel, it starts and ends with people – connecting them to what matters most.  Our process for discovery, strategy, design and execution are our hallmark, and what sets us apart is our collaborative model.

Our former teacher, friend and mentor Dean Robert Probst challenged us to believe “Radical Design is possible in Ohio” and since our inception we believe that design is not simply a solution, but it is about a process of collaboration.  All our clients, partners and people know that through the process of design our co-creativity is what creates the sparks of innovation.    

Today we introduce a new initiative at kolarralok

ralok is conceived as a mirror image of kolar, operating as a think tank within to explore, discover and innovate with our partners and clients. 

Join us.  

The first 25 years have been an amazing journey, but it is in our DNA to always be looking forward to what's next. We hope you enjoy ralok as our dot-connecting truly serendipitous look forward.

So, on behalf of the entire kolar group, thank you for going on this journey with us and for sharing in our vision and our dreams.

 

Kelly Kolar - President & Founder