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Thank You Billy!

Billy Silva, Martin and Ethan Kolt in the factory for Billy's retirement
Billy Silva, Martin Kolt “President” on left, Billy Siva “Engineer” in the center, Ethan Kolt “Vice President” on the right.

The year was 1978, I (Ethan) was 5 years old and Martin was 17. That’s when our family met Billy Silva. Billy was someone our father Stanley Kolt had hired to be his factory engineer. Shortly after hiring Billy it became obvious that he was a rare and unique talent.

Over the past 42 years Billy’s countless design and engineering contributions has helped Active Ventilation Products to be the company it is today. When Billy announced that he was retiring I had mixed emotions.

I felt a tremendous loss with the thought of Billy leaving but also knew in my heart that he should enjoy his golden years with his family back in Columbia.

I want to personally thank Billy for a lifetime of work and dedication. When I think about Billy the saying comes to mind, “A company is nothing without it’s people” and in regards to Billy, nothing could be more true.

– Ethan

Ethan Kolt's Blog

Ethan Kolt's Blog

An Investor, Entrepreneur, Co-Owner of Active Ventilation Products and Kolt Realty, Ethan Kolt's biggest accomplishment is having a family.