September 13, 2016

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 Business – 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

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 or call 513.241.4884.