PCRI Welcomes Hermann Colas to the Board

February 26, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Hermann Colas, Jr. was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1948.  His father owned a successful distillery.  In 1969, Hermann moved to New York because his mother was fearful for his safety in Haiti’s unstable political environment.  Within a short time, he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S.  Army and served during the Vietnam War.  Hermann moved to Portland, Oregon in 1974 and married his wife, Roberta, the following year.

Hermann Colas, Jr. worked over 20 years in various roles at USWEST Communications. He managed large budgets for equipment planning in the Portland metro area and later became a regional manager for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) deployment in the region.

In the early 1980’s, Hermann began purchasing, renovating, and managing rental properties. After a negative experience with a private contractor on a project, he decided to start his own company, Colas Construction, Inc. in 1997.

The company has seen the industry at its best and at its worst in the past six years.  Just before the recession, Colas Construction, Inc. employed over 20 workers. When the economic down turn took place, Colas had to make several labor reductions that at one point reduced the company to only six employees.  To the credit of the company’s reputation and resiliency, it currently has 16 employees.

Today, the company is very much a family business.  Andrew, Hermann’s eldest son, is President of Colas Construction, his daughter, Aneshka, is CFO, and his youngest son, Alexander, has recently joined the company as Project Coordinator.  Hermann is the Founder of Colas Construction.  This year, Colas Construction, Inc. anticipates further growth. Currently, it is working on several significant jobs, including a $32 million housing development project owned by Home Forward, and the Glisan Commons, a project with Human Solutions, Ride Connection and Reach CDC, a $20 million mixed-use development.

These projects and other pursuits taken on by the younger management team have given Hermann the latitude to become more engaged in the community.  Currently, he is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Gresham and serves on multiple committees to advance the community benefits that are important to him.  As a new member of the PCRI board, Hermann looks forward to contributing to an organization that provides a unique service in the housing market and for the community.  PCRI’s long contribution to affordable housing and upright standing in its service approach is why he accepted to serve on the PCRI board.

For more information about Colas Construction, Inc., visit: http://www.colasconstruction.com/home

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