Mr. Kolar is a founding partner and President & Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Equities. He is instrumental in shaping the direction and vision of Patriot, managing acquisitions, development, and client relationships.
Prior to forming Patriot, Mr. Kolar was President and Principal of Preferred Real Estate Investments, a leading real estate firm focused on the acquisition, restoration, leasing and property management of existing commercial and industrial real estate. At Preferred, Mr. Kolar was primarily responsible for building the firm's portfolio. During his tenure, he developed in excess of 12.5 million square feet of space, with project costs in excess of $1.0 billion.
Mr. Kolar also served as Senior Vice President at CB Commercial (now CBRE) in their suburban Philadelphia office, specializing in the sale and leasing of office, flex and R&D properties. While at CB Commercial, he sold over 50 properties, and sold or leased more than 6 million square feet of space, earning him a place in the Chairman's Club four straight years from 1994-1997. He was distinguished as one of the youngest Senior Vice Presidents in the firm's history.
Mr. Kolar received a B.S. Degree in Economics from the University of Delaware. During college, he was awarded a ROTC scholarship and commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He retired at the rank of Captain after serving under the Special Operations Command and serving in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Mr. Kolar resides in Chester County, PA with his wife and three children.
Our office and industrial complex presented a number of environmental, zoning and title challenges. Patriot was resolute in working through all of these issues, had a clear vision of what the reuse would be, and did not engage in the usual developer technique of uncovering a list of latent problems during due diligence in order to renegotiate the deal.
James A. Sladack, Honeywell