Olshan Properties (formerly MPI)

We worked with the leadership team of this over forty-year-old privately-held national real estate firm, which oversees over $2 billion of income-producing real estate assets, including retail, residential, hotel and office properties, on a wide range of strategic and interpersonal issues. We advised on an intergenerational CEO transition and the broadening of the senior leadership team to include non-family members in key decision-making positions for the first time. We conducted in-depth business planning sessions for senior managers at both of the firm’s regional offices, clarifying roles, decision making and communication processes.

We worked to align personal and professional development, coupling a caring family culture with the implementation of clear performance management techniques. While respecting the firm’s historically entrepreneurial approach, we positioned the company for present and future growth by establishing shared operating procedures across offices. We led multi-office meetings designed to delineate the shared mission, expand the definition of family to include owners, employees, customers and vendors, inspire a renewed sense of responsibly and inclusion across the enterprise, and achieve closer coordination between regional headquarters in New York and Columbus, Ohio.

“With Katzman Consulting’s help, our firm redefined our corporate mission and vision, coalesced as an executive team and truly became one unified company across many divisions and offices. KC helped us to identify and harness the talents of our entire team and to use them to guide us into our company’s next stage of growth”

ANDREA OLSHAN, CEO, Olshan Properties

Construction Information Systems

Co-founded in 1991 by Don Colabella, a former executive with a number of major New York City contractors and his daughter Chris, whose background is in finance, Construction Information Systems (CIS) has been the Northeast’s leading online provider of project information for the construction industry for more than two decades. We worked closely with the family to clarify next stage personal and professional goals, shift and articulate roles and support a smooth generational transition as Chris, the President of CIS, assumed the lead on all company operations, strategic planning and new product development.

A strong visionary and single mother of two teenage girls, we supported Chris as she has become a sought-after public spokesperson in a traditionally male-dominated industry.  Together we worked on strategy, delegation, increasing personal and organizational capacity and solidifying business and family boundaries.  As a result Chris successfully launched a new product line (C-Source – the most detailed online directory for the construction industry), codified sales training and is on the way to  achieving her goal of transitioning CIS from a strictly business-to-business online marketing company to a destination on-line community in her field.

“Our work with Katzman Consulting on building, growing and transforming our business while smoothly resolving any and all outstanding family and generational transition concerns has paid off for us in multiple dimensions. From our bottom line to our personal happiness to our professional expectations for the future, we look forward to continuing our advisory and consulting relationship with KC as we evolve our agenda to become a uniquely credible and knowledgeable voice in our industry.”

CHRIS COLABELLA, President, Construction Information Systems (CIS)