"After serving 4 years as an enlisted Med Tech in the U.S. Air Force and coming home to discover first hand how the people were treating their brethren, I always envisioned having an avenue that would allow me to pursue my philanthropic desires of giving back to those who have served our nation.
Throughout my 33-year career as an advocate of taxpayer rights and interests I committed time and financial resources to various causes, but I never really felt satisfied. Continuing to climb the corporate ladder, I was recruited by KPMG, became a partner and held some leadership positions.
Then 2004, I was so blessed to have the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream with my two business partners, Bob Dunlap and Oscar Diaz, as well as a whole host of young, talented, and dedicated professionals. We took a calculated risk, borrowed many millions of dollars and acquired the National Property Tax Practice. We formed the Paradigm Tax Group and built the enterprise over the next nine years. There were many ups, downs, sleepless nights, and obstacles to overcome before we sold the company through two transactions in 2011 and 2013.
These blessings (consistently being surrounded by so many incredible people as well as having the strategic vision to assume the risk required to develop wonderful ideas) allowed me to reach and exceed my professional goals. The fact of the matter is, I owe so much to the dear friends and teammates that helped me realize my professional dream. It was through this career journey and by the grace of God that I am able to create and operate the Kolbe Family Foundation to support causes near and dear to my heart. It gives me great satisfaction to give back, and through the Kolbe Family Foundation I am now able to bring that dream to fruition."
US Airforce Vietnam Med Tech Veteran
"A 'Veteran' - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to, and including his life." That is honor. There are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact."