Company: Stockholm’s Vardshus Inc., Geneva Investment Group
Location: Geneva, Illinois, United States
Michael Olesen, Owner of Stockholm’s Vardshus Inc. and Geneva Investment Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of economics, and investing.
Mr. Olesen was mentored as a teenager by a local small business owner, Bill Briner, who taught him about cash flow management. Under Mr. Briner’s tutelage, Mr. Olesen learned how money moves and thus how investments work. In 1985 and 1986, he attempted to purchase a bar to open up Stockholm’s, his restaurant, but the deal fell through at the last minute. Instead, he purchased a Mercedes convertible and pursued a full-time career in the investment business. Eventually, the restaurant location became available again and Mr. Olesen finally opened Stockholm’s in 2002, as he envisioned it would be more than 15 years prior.
As an investment and financial expert, Mr. Olesen has been the owner of Geneva Investment Group since 1992. He views his two businesses as diversifying investments, in addition to his holdings in stocks and rental properties. He finds that giving his clients peace of mind in their financial situations is the most rewarding part of his career as an investment advisor. As a restaurateur, he feels his restaurant fills the social needs of his Guests in a comfortable atmosphere. Mr. Olesen is proud to have been featured in an article written in FSR Magazine (Full Service Restaurant), on providing ‘value to patrons’. His advice to the next generation of aspiring professionals is to seek mentors and develop an “I Do” attitude.
In addition to his entrepreneurial and investment pursuits, Mr. Olesen has been a board member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and is a contributor and volunteer to various community organizations. He prepared for his career at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics; and in the future, he plans to continue working as he does now. Though Mr. Olesen has achieved great success, he does not care for titles, credentials, honors, or accolades. He has always tried to stay genuine and pursue truth.
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