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Heroes of Custom One: Jim Olson – Project Manager

We would be nothing without our talented team, which is why we decided it was time to feature them more prominently on our blog.

To kick things off, today we’re talking to Jim Olson, a Project Manager and one of our Heroes of Custom One Homes!

Name: Jim Olson
Title: Project Manager
Years at Custom One: 1
Years in the Industry: 30

What is your brief professional history?
I was originally an Excavator, then turned to home building and started my own company. Years later, I found my way to Custom One.

How did you get into the custom home building industry?
I began by doing remodeling work, and then gradually made the switch to building homes.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy interacting with homeowners and supporting them as their projects progress.

How do you overcome challenges or problem-solve in your position?
I have a face to face meeting with everyone involved to find the best resolution to move forward.

What design trend are you digging right now? 
I really like that more ramblers are being built by people again.

What’s your design style? 
Style-wise, I enjoy wooden beams, planks, old barn wood, and shiplap interiors.

What do you wish people knew about your job or industry? 
I wish people knew that this industry is everchanging and evolves with new waves of homeowners.

What is your biggest work quirk – what are you known for around the office?
Being blunt and to the point. (Just like this answer!)

Where can you be found outside of work? 
I’m usually either with my family at the cabin or working.

What are your hobbies? 
My hobbies are going to the cabin with my family and taking winter vacations together. I also collect neon beer signs and remodel homes.

Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about them:
I have two Boxers (one is 2, and the other is 13) and one cat.

Twins or Vikings?

Summer or winter?

Lake or ocean? 

Traveler or homebody?

Ice cream or hamburgers?

Favorite Twin Cities restaurant or meal:
Red Savoy’s Pizza

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