Guest Column | October 12, 2012

In-Depth With RSPA's Chairman Of The Board, Mark Olson

Mark Olson

By Mark Olson, chairman of the board, RSPA

Where were you born and raised?
Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What was your first job?
At an early age, I was mowing lawns and delivering morning newspapers.

Where did you go to school and/or what did you do after high school?
I attended high school in Edina, Minnesota, and then I received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1978.

How did you get involved in the industry?
A friend from college, whose father started a number of businesses, including APG, recruited me to be a part of the APG organization. I was selling industrial computer equipment for a distribution company at the time, and he made me an offer to join him that I couldn’t refuse.

How did you get involved in the RSPA?
APG has been involved with the ICRDA and RSPA for many years. We’ve believed that the RSPA’s role in the industry has been critical to help resellers create demand for POS products and services in our industry, while enhancing the customer’s loyalty to the various product and service providers.