Brian Olson

Growth Catalyst, Kansas City




"I am passionate about helping brands and businesses grow, and working with people that share common core values."

Brian Olson has owned and led several companies over the course of his professional career, with his longest stint being at a marketing company for over 20 years. Over a seven-year stretch, the company grew by 25% year over year and was recognized in Kansas City’s Fastest Growing Companies two consecutive years.

A dedicated husband, father, and entrepreneur, Brian worked for the Missouri Small Business Development Center and taught the Kauffman FastTrac Entrepreneurial training program straight out of grad school – all prior to starting his first company. This background in helping small businesses acquire financing for expansion provided a great foundation for business ownership later in his career, and has led him to where he is today, walking alongside other business leaders as they seek to thrive in their roles!

More About Brian

Why Acumen?

I joined Acumen as a Growth Catalyst because of the significant impact my membership had on me both professionally and personally.  I look forward to the growth, learning and sharpening that will inevitably happen with this team.

What challenges are CEOs facing today?

CEOs face many challenges today, including:

1) In the digital age, information travels faster than ever, and is available to anyone.  The availability of information impacts companies in many ways including how they sell, how they deliver products and services, how they find/hire employees, etc.

2) The work force is more dynamic than ever, spanning multiple generations with disparate views on work life balance and careers overall.

On a personal note...

How I recharge for the day.

My favorite ways to recharge include time with family, golfing, fishing or just hanging out by the pool.

Words that describe me best.


Favorite activity after work.

Happy hour on the patio

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NOT a hospice or lifeline for a sinking ship.
We work on CEO/Business Owner issues.
NOT networking or small group study.
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NOT for the “know it all” or
the person who has “all the answers.”
We share values, virtues & beliefs.
NOT for people whose walk
and talk lack significant alignment.