We are always so grateful for the members in our building! We want to spotlight Steve Olson of Financial Management Resources. Steve also serves as a City Councilor for our Loveland. Get to know him!
Q: Give us your elevator pitch!
S: I have a passion to help business owners succeed. I serve as a resource to help them develop financial strategies and accomplish goals that they would like to achieve, as well as helping them exit their business smoothly.
Q: Have you always wanted to be doing what you are doing now?
S: Short answer is yes! When I graduated high school only a few years ago I said I wanted to be a CPA> I ended up joining the Navy, where I became hospital corman and ended up in Vietnam because the marines got their medical support from the Navy. I was in the navy for 29 years and received 13 promotions, received a finance degree in Monterrey, California that the navy sent me to get and paid for and I also received my CPA while being in the Navy. I retired as a captain in the Navy. My wife was also a navy officer and we decided to retire and come to Colorado to be near the mountains. We are living the dream with all of our family within 20 miles. I have been operating my business for the last 15 years and have been able to come back to my initial dream of being a CPA.
Q: What is your favorite part about coworking?
S: I became aware of coworking spaces when I was doing work in Denver. I taught some classes with Rockies venture club and they were located in a coworking space. I was really impressed with the wide range of businesses in there. When the opportunity came for a coworking space in Loveland I wanted to be in support of that!! I took the tour of desk chair and saw it as a great opportunity to have a presence in a space downtown as a city councilman.
Q: How did you hear about desk chair workspace?
S: What I like about desk chair is that it is extremely elegant, and the best part is the staff! I think the desk chair staff is amazing, you are always looking at how you can make things better, I can tell you are always striving to change and improve, and how can you provide other services that people can be drawn to!
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
S: I like to hike fourteeners. I have done 13 different ones and a couple of them twice! I started this at age 50, and I don’t super enjoy Longs Peak! Longs peak is long and rough – which is why they call it the trough! I started at 3:30 AM and didn’t get done until 6 PM. I like outdoor activities – I like to ski, I like to bike, and I like to do it all with my grandson! I am pretty active for an old guy.
Q: What is your favorite local business?
S: Sandler trading – Don Overcash (another councilperson) I got introduced to him ten years ago, I think they do a phenomenal job in helping people who are not salespeople be able to market and sell their product. I appreciate a lot of other local businesses downtown like MoBetta or Coffee Tree – me and my wife love to support our local businesses to support them!
Q: If you could share a drink someone alive or dead who would it be and why?
S: Donald Trump – I would like to sit down and have a dinner with him because after he was elected president I read his book and I was really impressed to see his growth as a business person and his standards and ethics of being able to accomplish things on a time frame within a good budget. I got a list of about 300 things that he has accomplished and I find that to be really impressive! I just would love to know more about him as a person – maybe even play golf with him!
And lastly, a sharing point:
S: I guess I will be philosophical some of the things I have learned over the years is that you don’t know what you don’t know. I would encourage everyone to keep learning! I learned in the Navy despite recommendations of other people that were so “wise” that it is always important to ask. I would ask a question and they would say you can’t do that; I need to learn by experience! 90% of the time they couldn’t teach me in that way – I would always ask for new assignments and this crusty old captain that would just chew me out! But I still continued to ask! I think it is unfortunate that we have become uncivil as a community and I am exposed to this on city council.