As a senior VP in the Corporate Lending Group of GE Commercial Finance (www.gecommercialfinance.com), Jeff Kolke is responsible for origination to corporations and intermediaries to support their strategic initiatives. Through structured secured debt products, he facilitates recapitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and many other corporate strategies. These products include senior cash flow, asset based, second lien, and mezzanine.
Kolke joined GE Plastics in 1997 as a national account manager serving the automotive industry. In 2000 he was promoted to VP and industry manager for chemicals and plastics of GE Commercial Financial Services in Stamford, Conn. In 2002, he joined GE's Corporate Lending Group, originating more than $1 billion in asset-based and cash-flow facilities within the chemical and plastics industry. Since 2006, he also has gained responsibility for developing relationships with the group's key intermediaries in Illinois.
Born and still based in Chicago, Kolke attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He also earned an MBA from Wayne State University. He started his career working for National Starch & Chemical and Nalco Chemical, where he held increasing responsibilities in chemical engineering, sales and marketing positions.