ISSUE DATE: 08/23/2010
By Larry Dreiling
Garden County, Neb., is a land of pristine natural resources, expansive ranches and productive farms as well as excellent hunting and fishing. In a recent survey, more than half of the teens there surveyed say they would like to stay in or return to the area if career opportunities were available.
The same number would be interested in entrepreneurship training and owning a business someday.
It's in this land of production and promise that Tom Olson plies his trade as a rural banker.
Olson is chairman of several banks in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming but calls the $14 million Lisco State Bank in Lisco, Neb., his home base. Olson's life has been one of devoted service to his profession and to the nation. Following graduation from college, Olson entered the U.S. Air Force. Upon his return to Lisco, Olson joined his father in the bank, later attending the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Banking.
As his reputation as a banker grew, so did his opportunities for service.
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