Richard A. Olson is a co-founder of Gantec Inc. Ric is the owner and Chief Steward of Environmental Partnerships, LLC, which provides strategic regulatory advice to major corporations, as well as support to US government and non profit organizations. Ric developed the program and facilitated the Environmental Technology Seminar in Singapore.
Ric and two other international business owners founded International Business Investing and Consulting Company (IBICC). One of the goals of this company is to bring economic and environmental development to underdeveloped nations. IBICC has evaluated and made some investment in projects in Mauritania, Tonga, Fiji, Indonesia and Nepal.
Mr. Olson worked for 24 years with Dow Chemical Company in the environmental health and safety area. One of his primary responsibilities was to help inform and influence federal and state regulatory policies, and to help the company implement their requirements. Ric managed the RCRA program, including permitting, hazardous waste facility operations, emergency response, safety and emergency training, and industrial hygiene. In these capacities, he became a founding member of the Pollution Prevention Pilot Project, co-developed with the Natural Resources Defense Council. These programs sought to systematically evaluated chemical manufacturing processes to identify, develop and implement cost effective waste reduction opportunities. The project was a national award winning project of the Pollution Prevention Council.
Ric was one of Dow’s representatives on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Olson also managed the RCRA corrective action program for Dow US facilities and successfully managed complex clean up operations involving industrial and low level radioactive waste. Mr. Olson has served successfully on both state and federal level environmental and hazardous advisory boards, and has served on the board of directors for several non profit organizations.
He and his wife, Laura, have five grown children and reside in Hope, Michigan. He is a (Cum Laude) graduate of Augustana College with a BA in Chemistry. He received his MS in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota.