She personally oversees all strategic and creative work at Kollar Design where she routinely demonstrates her innate ability to configure custom teams of diverse talents and lead them and her clients through complex processes to achieve outstanding results. Her work in branding and design has been recognized with awards for excellence by Western Art Director’s Club, American Corporate Identity, Print Design Annual and Summit Awards International. Legacy clients include a host of innovative companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley including Adobe, Macromedia, Apple, Cisco System, Charles Schwab, Gap Stores and Esprit.
Candice has been driven by a goal to create a more sustainable world since linking her career and her passion during a 3-year intensive leadership program with Learning as Leadership in 1999. This discovery catalyzed her shift from freelance design for fashion and technology companies to being at the heart of her own impact-based organization where she could choose clients and teammates who share her social and environmental values. With the support of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Candice dove into the study of business and Kollar Design was launched from the Renaissance’s Business Incubator program nearly two decades ago. In 2002 she narrowed her focus to bringing strategic branding and design to companies demonstrating leadership in green building and cleantech.
As a theatre major with an emphasis on stage and lighting design at University of Detroit Mercy and Western Michigan University, what she enjoyed most about working in the Theatre was the collaborative teamwork among creative and technical teammates which parallels her work today. She is a self-starter by nature and developed her expertise in marketing communications, branding and design through applied independent study and apprenticing to the best-of-the-best master practitioners.
An active member of USGBC-Northern California Chapter for a decade and running, she currently serves on the Chapter’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Committee. Other leadership positions include: Founding Board Member of Bay Area BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), Steering Committee for Fast Company’s Local Company of Friends and Meetup Organizer/Community Co-organizer, San Francisco Cohousing Group.
Candice has been a guest lecturer/presenter for business and educational organizations on topics ranging from building a brand in the green building space, green business practices and sustainable design. For diversion she sings and performs with Mark Growden’s community service-orientated Calling All Choir and fiddles around with a Turkish lute.