Kevin G. Olson, president, and Chad H. Olson, chief executive officer of The Pro Image, were honored as Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year for the Rocky Mountain region.
The awards program was sponsored by Ernst & Young, the professional services firm, Inc. Magazine, Merrill Lynch and The Denver Business Journal. An independent panel of judges selected the award recipients from 85 nominations.The Pro Image, Inc. began in 1985 with a small kiosk location in the ZCMI Center. It has since grown into the world's largest franchiser of sports fan souvenir shops, with stores open in 160 locations in 46 states, seven Canadian provinces and Europe.
The Olsens were among six entrepreneurs honored at the banquet held in Denver June 21.
All award recipients are eligible to be chosen as the national Entrepreneur Of The Year by a national judging panel. The winner will be featured on the January 1991 cover of Inc. Magazine. The regional award recipients also will be inducted into the Institute of American Entrepreneurs.