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September 24-26, 2014
Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point MN
Remembering David Olson
David Olson left an indelible mark as president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce these past 23 years. He truly was one of the greatest champions for Minnesota businesses, but also for the chamber of commerce profession. His impact and influence in the local chamber community was felt across the state and across the country.
Some of David’s deepest personal and professional relationships were with local chamber of commerce leaders. Local chambers were his roots. Prior to joining the Minnesota Chamber, he excelled leading the Burnsville and the TwinWest chambers of commerce.
He never forgot where he received his start. The resources and time he offered personally, and that provided by other Minnesota Chamber staff, will not be found by any other state chamber in the country. If local chambers had an “ask,” David responded. He was often a facilitator for local chamber board retreats. He was happy to jump in his car to speak at a legislative breakfast or board meeting. He was a long time participant and instructor and the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and David accompanied local chamber leaders on an annual trip to Washington, D.C.
The impact of his interactions was evident at his funeral as chamber leaders from International Falls to Winona came to pay their final respects. Leaders from across the country were represented from states including North Dakota; Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and Washington, D.C.
David Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The David Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established through the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives (MCCE). Contributions to the fund may be sent to David Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund, MCCE, 400 North Robert Street, Suite 1500, St. Paul, MN 55101.