HORICON Local resident and contractor Robert Olson was recently named to the New York State Builders Association Hall of Fame for his achievements and service to the organization.
The Association’s officials note that Olson was the first rural small builder that ascended through the group’s ranks to become President of the state Builders Association, which he did in 1998.
Also, Olson was one of the founding members of the NYSBA Research and Education Foundation, and held the position of CEO of the Foundation from 2007 to 2011. He collaborated with NYSBA leadership in gaining support for the foundation and further its mission and boost its scholarship program.
His rural small-town background brought an appreciation of the value of association membership to smaller firms in the building industry, Association officials noted in a statement they released this week. His induction to the Hall of Fame formally occurred Sept. 20 at the Association’s gala in Niagara Falls.
Olson’s commitment to the building industry is demonstrated through his influential involvement on the local level as well, the officials said. A member of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern New York since 1987, Olson served as President of the group from 1991 to 1993 and again from 2001 to 2003.
Olson was appointed to the state Fire Prevention & Building Codes Council by Gov. George Pataki in 2004, and he held the position until 2010. Officials of both the state Builders Association and its foundation express their gratitude for the hard work and dedication that Bob has displayed throughout the years.
Bob is currently serving on the Horicon Town Board, a position he has held for 12 years. Formerly, he was a member of the town planning board, for which he served as chairman for part of the tenure. He and his wife Jean — a former Supervisor of Horicon — have been married 52 years and have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.