Jeff Kolton

President / Co-Founder

Jeff is highly regarded as one of the leaders and innovators in the franchising community. With nearly 30 years of experience at the highest levels within the legal, research, marketing and finance sectors, Jeff brings a unique perspective and an invaluable rolodex to every deal he works on.

Before joining Corlex, Jeff worked as an attorney with a predecessor firm of DLA and as a partner at Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP, where he specialized in transactional work in the hospitality and restaurant sectors. After his legal career, Jeff founded FRANdata Corporation, the leading information specialist to the franchise industry (sold to National Cooperative Bank in 2001) and then Franchise Market Ventures (FMV), which provided outsourced strategic business development services to market leaders.

Through those ventures, Jeff assisted culinary leaders (such as Red Farm, Junoon, Scarpetta, David Burke and Guy Fieri) and leading QSR and fast-casual restaurant brands (such as Dairy Queen, Arby’s, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Le Pain Quotidien) in finding non-traditional expansion opportunities – both domestic and international – as well as appropriate financial sponsors.

Jeff envisioned Corlex as a natural next step in his career, allowing him to leverage his knowledge of, and relationships with, the leading franchisor, multi-unit franchisee, and best in class vendors in the franchise and hospitality sectors to create a new model for supporting and accelerating growth.

Jeff represents the fourth generation of entrepreneurs in his family and volunteers his time to organizations that work to improve the lives and opportunities of others, including the Boys & Girls Club, the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Initiative, the Strategic Forum, and the Barbra Marcus Kolton Cancer Research Center. He is passionate about music (a former record producer and attendee of over 1,000 concerts) and wine (a licensed sommelier and owner of a wine store), as well as his wife and twin boys.

Jeff is an honors graduate of Cornell University and the London School of Economics and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Pennsylvania bars.