Kevin Olson is a highly respected, trusted and award-winning communications professional. He is the founder and CEO of SnowGlobe, LLC, a Veteran-Owned Small Business.
Kevin served 31 years in the U.S. Army, and his last position was a 14-year stretch as the Director of Communications for the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Holding the rank of Colonel, he was the primary spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, and was the strategic communication advisor to The Adjutant General, a state cabinet member.
He was responsible for coordinating and executing all media, community relations, command information, social media and crisis communication for a 13,000-person organization operating in 61 communities throughout Minnesota.
Prior to serving in an active duty status with the National Guard, Kevin worked twelve years for Marriott Lodging in convention operations and sales, where he was a “Certified Meeting Planner” (a designation held by less than 5% in the meeting planning industry) and earned the “Chairman’s Circle Award” for sales performance.
In addition to his military occupation, Kevin has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Concordia University St. Paul Masters of Strategic Communication Management program, and has instructed graduate-level media strategy and crisis communication programs. Kevin was the 2017 commencement speaker for Concordia University’s masters and doctoral programs.
Kevin is a Policy Fellow with the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and holds master’s degree in organizational leadership management from Concordia University in St. Paul. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense’s Senior Joint Public Affairs Officer Course, and is a member of the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion and is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota.
Additionally, he is a board member of the Friends of the St. Paul Library and World Encounter, a non-profit dedicated to providing micro-loans to women in Tanzania. Kevin served as an advisory board member on the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for more than two years.