by Kallin Baarstad, Communications Intern
Kyle Olson has found a way to take his profession as a Realtor and integrate good work for his industry, supporting workforce development and helping find an Alzheimer’s cure.
The HBA of F-M staff was in full agreement when selecting him as the final choice for Member of the Quarter.
Olson is with Keller-Williams Inspire Realty. Born and raised in Moorhead, he graduated from Moorhead High School in 2000 and continued at Concordia College with majors in computer science and theater arts. He met his wife, Melanie, the first week of college, they dated throughout, and married in 2005. They have two sons, Kip, age 12 and Tucker, age 10.
Olson serves as the chair of the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation’s Fundraising Committee. He loves to volunteer time for events like the HBA of F-M’s golf outings and assist in the Foundation’s efforts to raise money supporting its mission.
Kyle Olson is pictured at the right selling wine to the Thomsen Homes crew at a Home Builders Care Foundation fundraiser.
Another organization Olson supports with passion is the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2003, Olson’s father was diagnosed with short-term dementia that developed into Alzheimer’s disease. Over the years, he watched it take control of his father’s life, causing heartache and sadness. This led Olson to create a campaign for change.
“For every home I sell, 10 percent of my commission is donated directly to Alzheimer's Association to help us combat this disease that affects me and my family, every day. My goal is to help raise $100,000 to fund research in the Red River Valley. I call this ‘Closing for a Cure,’” Olson says.
Olson’s easy smile and happy-go-lucky personality is highly admired by staff and fellow volunteers. Throughout his involvement in the HBA, he has experienced a lot of growth, both personally and professionally.
Kyle Olson with his family: Melanie, Kip and Tucker.
“The HBA has built so many awesome friendships throughout my career. When you sit on a committee with people every month, it is hard not to build a relationship, but it’s also so fun to see why others are involved. The HBA is a cool mixture of entrepreneurs, trades professionals, and everyone in-between,” Olson says.