Robert Cameron  1911-2009




TIM HALL 415-710-6070
GENE KAHN 415-902-6448 







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​​CEO: Great Kolor  Walnut Creek, CA

Business Focus: Assist City/State agencies and Nonprofits with sensible choices in outdoor advertising
What it does: Evolved from local print shop roots, Great Kolor secures low cost (high profile) outdoor ad space and then prints/installs the finished graphics

Source of start-up capital: 
 Self financed   

Education background: C.U.N.Y. Brooklyn College graduate with BA in Social Science

Reason for starting business: The company Gene worked at was purchased and closed in 2005. Great Kolor was born two weeks later. The moral of this story? When one door closes (very often) another will open for you.

Most difficult part of decision: Not difficult--in a sink or swim moment, it's good for you to know that swimming is the sensible option

Biggest plus of ownership: The empowerment of being in charge of your own destiny

Biggest drawback: Negative is the flip side of positive. Being in charge puts responsibility squarely on your shoulders. Business is dependent on your state of mind and business successes and failures are owned by you.

Biggest mistake: Summer of 2007 an incorrectly spec'd restaurant window graphic was printed, delivered and couldn't install. Although (at the time) a serious failure it caused a major improvement. Going forward every job begins with a one page agreement. This includes the exact specification, production, turnaround time and price commitment. Next there's a sign-off for final art approval. So before any printing moves forward--we (and client) review and sign-off on art and job specification twice. The results? It's been 15+ years and counting of perfect printing.

Biggest business strength: Very fortunate that many clients compliment us with glowing endorsements for reliability, quality and dedication to excellent customer service

Biggest business weakness: None. Well okay, maybe outreach time efficiency and new business data management can be improved. Fortunately solid referrals continue to deliver a steady stream of new clients and business. 

Biggest risk: There really isn’t much risk, Great Kolor is a tight little business

Smartest move: Decision to put resources into organizing a brief and to the point Nonprofit education program. We call it the Not-For-Profit Publicity Workshop. The volunteer venues like ODC Dance, California Historical Society, Mission Cultural Center, SS Jeremiah O'Brien, Robert Cameron’s Environmental Journey in the Metreon were all excellent and feedback from attendees has been terrific. 

Favorite task: Aligning clients wants and needs with Great Kolor's capabilities

Least favorite task: Having to say no

Source of support in a business crisis: My much better half, St. Michelle

Biggest frustration: Stop and go traffic

Most challenging task: Same as favorite task--aligning capabilities with our clients wants and needs

Key goal yet to achieve: Financial stability. In the early 2000's it was in hand, then the housing bust cleaned our clock. That's okay, lesson learned, we've climbed back and are now better prepared to weather the next storm

Favorite music:​ Miley Cyrus The Climb     Freddie Mercury Somebody To Love  ​  IZ Somewhere Over The Rainbow    Louie Armstrong Wonderful World

Inducement to sell: I really enjoy doing this so it would be a substantial buyout to induce selling--although an eight figure proposal would definitely cause me to stop, sit and listen

First move with capital windfall: Once around the world trip on boat and train (just me & the Mrs.) 

Most admired entrepreneur: Benjamin Franklin   

Most interested in meeting: Napoleon Hill and my parents again
Favorite film: The Lion King   

Favorite pastimes: Hiking the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range with my sons
Favorite destination:  Mt Evans, Colorado      

Favorite book: “The Magic of Thinking Big”, written by Dr. David J Schwartz
Stress reducers: Listening to motivational CD’s in the car   

Favorite restaurant: Nordstrom’s Café
Five year plan: Take that world vacation

What is on your iPod: Still don’t have one (remarkable - huh ?  :  )
P.S: Why not call 415/902-6448 ?  Let's do some great work together.​ All the Best Always, GK