Ken Koldan has more than 28 years’ executive experience at the VP and director level, is an executive coach and advisor to leaders at all levels, and has worked in the technology, professional services, defense, banking, and communications industries.
As a collaborative executive leadership and career coach, Mr. Koldan also provides advisory services in his areas of expertise, including market research, marketing, product development, government sales, security services, and systems integration. He leverages his extensive business and financial operations knowledge and robust engineering background to serve executives who need advice in these and other business areas.
Currently, Mr. Koldan is a Managing Director of SOLIDleaders, LLC., a leading provider of executive career and leadership coaching. There, he provides coaching and advising services for executives from small, middle-market, and large, publicly held businesses.
From June 2016 to March 2018, Mr. Koldan was Director of Business Development for Blueshift Materials Inc. He drove the sales pipeline to over $50M by executing the company’s product management, sales, and marketing functions while supporting the creation, planning, and implementation of market and customer penetration strategies. He led the multifunctional team to create and implement a sales process for the product AeroZero under budget, and achieved 118% growth in FY17 revenue.
From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Koldan held leadership roles in FLEXcon Company Inc. In 2012, he was promoted to Business Team Director for FLEXcon’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) team. Mr. Koldan held full responsibility for P&L, daily activities of all team employees, goal-setting, policy implementation, and personnel development. He identified prospects and opportunities and established effective action plans to turn them into sustainable repeat business. Mr. Koldan collaborated with the Manufacturing, Quality, and Technology teams in employing appropriate quality control measures for OEM products and identifying the suitability of new material components with manufacturing required for production, which resulted in the growth of a multimillion-dollar business by 89% and into profitability.
Prior to FLEXcon, Mr. Koldan worked at Motorola Government Group for 17 years. There he was promoted through various functions, from RF Engineer through sales and marketing positions and finally to Director of Business Development. As a highlight, he spearheaded the O&M process development team supporting a $3.5B federal wireless network contract for the Department of Justice and the military. The O&M portion amounted to 21% of the overall contract. Mr. Koldan also captured 2 vital managed services business deals amounting to +$360M in IDIQ contracted revenue. Lastly, he turned around a business unit suffering a loss of $525K/yr., transforming it into a profitable $1M/yr. unit in 6 months. This organization continues today as a very successful +$25M/yr. software business.
Ken Koldan holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from DeVry University. He has a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute, is an Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner, and was granted a US patent in the music industry. Mr. Koldan has also held board positions in the government sector of the technology industry.