Chad Olson named WITC-Rice Lake's 2013 Distinguished Alumni
Annually since 1992, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Foundation has
sponsored Distinguished Alumni Awards to outstanding diploma and degree
graduates at each of its four campuses. Alumni selected for the award have
distinguished themselves professionally in their careers and have demonstrated
extensive service to the college and their community.
WITC nursing instructor
Jeanette Olsen (WITC-Rice Lake Distinguished Alum, 2012) said that when she
first heard of the award, she instantly thought of her brother-in-law, Chad
Olson, of Cumberland. She nominated him and he was chosen by the selection
committee to receive the 2013 Distinguished Alum Award. He was presented a
plaque in recognition of the award at a recent WITC all-staff meeting.
Chad Olson graduated from WITC-Rice Lake
in 1993, with what was then an agri-business degree and went to work as the feed
mill manager for Cenex in Cumberland. He was soon tapped to become
an agricultural lender at what was then First Star Bank.
First Star became US Bank and
Olson was promoted to branch manager and then to his current position of
district manager, overseeing retail operations and 80 employees for bank
branches throughout northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
He is a six-time recipient of US Bank’s
prestigious Pinnacle Award and three of those years also received the Top Tier
“Chad’s employees describe him as the
type of boss that every employee wishes they had,” says Olsen. “Straight
forward, always encourages an open door policy and goes to bat for all his
Olson often talks to high school students about what helped him get where he is
today. As one of his mentors once told him “you can’t teach people skills,” he
says, emphasizing the soft skills that will get them ahead in any career they
Olson also gives freely
of his time to community service. He's been a volunteer firefighter for the Cumberland Fire
Department for 20 years, as well as coaching youth wrestling, softball and
baseball. He is also member of the Cumberland Education Foundation Board, vice president of the Wrestling Association, serves on
several community and
church-related committees, and organized many community events.