Paul Kolby

Co-Founder of Lines of Heroes Foundation

Co-Founder of Lines of Heros, Paul Kolby

About Paul

Paul Kolby is a distinguished Realtor and co-founder of the Lines of Heroes Foundation, based in southeast Michigan. With an illustrious career spanning over 30 years in the Automotive industry, Paul has garnered extensive experience in Program Manager and Chief Engineering roles with renowned companies like Hoover Universal, Jonson Controls, and Adient. Throughout his professional journey, he has played a vital role in the successful launch of new products both in the United States and abroad. 

What sets Paul apart from other realtors is his exceptional approach to home sales. Drawing upon his background in program management, he employs a systematic and process-oriented methodology to help his clients sell or find their dream homes. Paul’s wealth of experience allows him to navigate the real estate market with precision and deliver outstanding results. 

Beyond his professional achievements, Paul cherishes spending quality time with his family and engaging in various hobbies. He finds joy in traveling, playing golf and hockey, as well as expressing his musical talents through playing guitar and drums. Additionally, Paul has dedicated over a decade of service to his church’s worship team, where he passionately plays the drums and guitar. 

Inspired by his late father’s service in the US Navy before becoming an Attorney and influenced by his close friendships with retired and active members of the First Responder and Military communities, Paul is deeply committed to giving back. He holds a strong passion for supporting those who have made significant contributions to our communities and country. 

In the autumn of 2022, Paul crossed paths with Charlie Younkin, and through reflection and prayer, they realized the purpose of their connection within the real estate office. This led to the establishment of the Lines of Heroes Foundation, a testament to their shared vision and commitment to making a positive impact. 

Charlie’s experiences in law enforcement took a toll on his mental health over the years. Recognizing the importance of seeking help, he proactively sought out his own therapy and support. Sadly, he struggled to find the necessary support and resources within the police departments he served.

As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts…” Paul draws inspiration from these words, embodying the spirit of a true hero who courageously steps into the arena. He acknowledges that true credit belongs to those who dare greatly, persist despite setbacks, and strive to achieve greatness while giving themselves to a worthy cause. With unwavering dedication, Paul strives to bring about triumph through high achievements, ensuring his place never rests with those who shrink from challenges but rather with those who embrace them wholeheartedly. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt