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Behind the Build: Robbie Kolar
From sales staff and tradesmen to behind-the-scenes troubleshooters, dozens of personnel bring a Gallagher and Henry home to life. In “Behind the Build,” the Gallagher and Henry blog celebrates spirited members of our team.
Today, we introduce Robbie Kolar, a member of the Gallagher and Henry corporate office since 2016. An accountant who oversees the company’s payroll and key expense accounts, Robbie is more than the “numbers guy.” His diverse skill set has become prized at Gallagher and Henry’s home office in Countryside, where the Western Illinois University alum has emerged the in-a-pinch IT guy while also lending his creative sensibilities to advertising and graphic design projects as well.
What do you enjoy most about working at Gallagher and Henry?
It’s easily my coworkers. We all like to make each other laugh and I appreciate how reliable they are. I know I can count on any of my co-workers to get the job done. Plus, no day is the same as the one before. There’s variety here that makes the job interesting.
Gallagher and Henry’s home office is filled with people who have been with the company 20, 30, even 40 years. What’s that been like for you as a young professional?
At 29, I’m definitely the young guy in the office, but I love having all these seasoned professionals around me. They bring a focus and discipline to their jobs with endless wisdom to boot. There’s so much I can learn and do learn from them. It’s genuinely like a family here and I appreciate how they’ve accepted me.
Is there a specific example of that family environment you can share?
I recently purchased my first home and so many people rallied around me with guidance and encouragement. From the lender I used to the home inspection, so many of my colleagues were sharing insights as I went through the process and settled into my new home. There’s so much knowledge here and everybody was willing to share it with me. Honestly, I had no idea how much went into buying and owning a home, but no one here was going to let me go through the process with unanswered questions or make a silly mistake.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
Sports is a major part of my life. I’ve been a bowler since high school and into college, so I enjoy hitting the lanes. When it comes to watching sports, I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan and love the White Sox and Bulls. I’m an avid video game player, too.
And when you’re hungry, what’s your go-to spot?
I’m born and raised in Lemont, so I’d have to point to two Lemont restaurants as my 1A and 1B. I’ll take the pepperoni pizza – well done, of course – at Turnabout Pizza any day of the week and you can never go wrong with a visit to the Lemon Tree on State Street.