What Others are Saying

  • "Highly respected by senior executives for providing effective strategic counsel and innovative solutions."
    Bob Johnson, Honeywell Aerospace, President/CEO (Retired)
  • "One of the best in the business and a track record to prove it."
    Edward Munoz, Raytheon, Director Government Relations and Business Development
  • "Highly accomplished at integrating public affairs and strategic communications for maximum results."
    Shelly Esque, Intel, Vice President/Director Corporate Affairs Group
  • "…impressive record of creating exceptional C-Level public affairs strategies in alignment with corporate goals."
    Kevin Moran, Vice President, Human Resources, Cox Communications
  • "Steve has an uncommon ability to accurately and articulately communicate complex issues and advance his clients goals…"
    Senator John McCain
  • "…gets results, fast and with integrity."
    Kyle Hultquist, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, StandardAero
  • "Expert integrators of comprehensive, multi-dimensional public affairs programs."
    Ken Cole, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Pfizer Corporation
  • "Steve has done a tremendous job of building powerful, diverse coalitions and creating messages that are clear, concise and compelling." 
    Mayor Anthony Smith, City of Maricopa 
  • "Innovative and strategic, with the skill and discipline to consistently deliver top results."
    The Honorable Mark Killian, former Speaker, Arizona House of Representatives

About JTK Consulting

Jim Kolbe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of strategic consulting.  Serving six years in the Arizona State Senate and 22 years in the United States Congress, he has been both broadly and intimately involved in a range of Arizona issues—water, land and mineral resources use and conversation, border issues, trade, Mexico relations—to name but a few.  

His background at the federal and international level is equally impressive.  He served for 20 years on the Appropriations committee, gaining deep insights into how the government’s budget is allocated and through the oversight process digging just as deeply into how taxpayer funds were spent.  He served as chairman of the Treasury and Postal Service Appropriations Subcommittee for four years, and for six years as chairman of the Foreign Operations subcommittee.  He chaired the U.S.-Mexico Inter-Parliamentary meeting for ten years, was intimately involved in the strategy for enacting passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), proposed legislation for a sweeping and bi-partisan reform of the nation’s Social Security system, as well as introducing the first comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Since leaving Congress Jim Kolbe has served as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, heading up two task forces on United States development programs and another looking at the prospects for a United States trade agreement with the European Union.  He also serves on the US Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the Secretary of State’s prestigious Foreign Policy Review Board and on the board of the Inter-American Dialogue.   In Arizona, he continues to serve on the board of the Critical Path Institute, the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, and recently was named by Governor Brewer as co-chair of the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.

In consulting, Jim Kolbe follows the same philosophy he did in the Congress—a broad based, inclusive approach that brings all parties into the picture, and reaches out to find solutions that can work practically and politically.  He believes it is important to see both challenges and opportunities, to identify issues before they become major problems, and latch on to potential opportunities before others seize them.  He follows the practice he adhered to in Congress of reaching out to others—friends and potential adversaries, to find ways to accommodate all parties and achieve a solution in the least amount of time without losing sight of the basic objectives.  To achieve this, he maintains a wide range of contacts in Congress and in the Washington lobbying and business community, as well as with think tanks and other NGO organizations.