Franz Kolb, GOED's International â€˜Marathon Man'
...Expanding your business into the global marketplace is a lot like running a marathon, says Franz Kolb, a regional director of international trade and diplomacy in the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED).
"You have to have a goal, you must be prepared, and you must have endurance," says the Austrian native who, by the way, runs about eight miles a day.Kolb
knows what he's
talking about concerning both marathons and international trade.He
has run marathons in Ogden, St. George, San Diego and Logan.
With extensive experience in import and export operations, joint venture analysis, and international strategic planning, Kolb
is a go-to person for Utah companies seeking to expand internationally.He
has organized many conferences and seminars on international topics in the U.S. and abroad, and has led multiple trade missions to Europe.
Raised and educated in Salzburg, Austria, Kolb
wife while she
was there with BrighamYoungUniversity's study abroad program.Since she
wanted to finish her
education in the U.S., Kolb
ran after her
, receiving his
Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees from BYU.Before joining the International Trade and Diplomacy Office, Kolb was director of international services for Ernst & Young.He also served as president of an international business-consulting firm, which specialized in the high-tech industry, and ran his own company, the Kolb Group, an international business consulting company that specialized in international business development.