2012 Founder’s Award Recipient

Robert D. Olson

Founder of RD Olson Construction and Development

Robert Olson is CEO, President and founder of R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction. Based in Irvine, California, his firms represent more than three decades of experience in the development and construction of hospitality properties, office, retail, multifamily and recreational projects. The company’s client list includes Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Lodging, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Ojai Valley Inn, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, Morton’s Restaurant Group, Houston’s Restaurants, Dave & Buster’s, Sears, The Irvine Company and Neiman Marcus.

Mr. Olson guides the strategic vision for his companies with an active, hands-on approach toward every facet of construction and development, providing valuable input for marketing, investment analysis, debt and equity structures, planning and entitlements, budgeting, constructability and end-user requirements. Recognized as a business leader and entrepreneur, Mr. Olson has been the recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Construction Financial Management Association’s Construction Executive of the Year and the Orange County Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship award.

Mr. Olson belongs to World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and is a former member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), including having served as Chairman of the California Coast Chapter. His philanthropic activity includes serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Olson is an MBA graduate of the University of Southern California.