Mark Olson’s distinguished career in financial services has spanned over 40 years, including top- level executive positions in the public and private sectors. Olson joined Treliant Risk Advisors after three years as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, five years as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Open Market Committee, and after serving as staff director of the Securities Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Olson is also a past president of the American Bankers Association. Olson spent more than a decade as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP (formerly Arthur Young & Company), where he became national director of the financial services Regulatory Consulting Practice.
Olson began his career at First Bank System (now U.S. Bancorp) after which he served in Washington, DC as legislative director in the office of Congressman Bill Frenzel (R-MN). In 1976 he was named president and CEO of Security State Bank, a Minnesota community institution founded by his father. He served as president and CEO of Security State Bank until joining Ernst & Young in 1988.
In addition to his Treliant responsibilities, Olson is a board member of Otter Tail Corporation; a member of Ernst & Young’s Global Advisory Board; a member of the College of William and Mary’s Advisory Board for the Master’s in Accounting program; and the University of Maryland Advisory Board for Financial Policy.
Olson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003.