John Kolbe


As a partner of the LAK Group, John Kolbe focuses on supporting separated executives to find and thrive in new careers. In addition to building and maintaining partnerships with clients, he was instrumental in helping to position the LAK Group as one of the Midwest’s leading boutique career management firms. John joined the LAK Group in 1990, after a 20-year career in retail, where he led executive recruitment efforts. In 2003, John acquired the firm with partner Mark Glasser.

As a seasoned HR executive, John places a premium on integrity and is committed to delivering more than what he promised, regardless of the situation. He is passionate about always doing the right thing and empowers the entire LAK Group team to do the same.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is a long-time member of the Waukesha/Milwaukee Chapter of the Ice Age Trail and was recently named to the Ice Age Trail Alliance Board of Directors. Outside of work, John enjoys hiking on and helping to maintain the Ice Age Trail and spending time in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.