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Krannert Executive Forum - Bruce Olson

Bruce Olson

Bruce Olson

President
BBI Group, Inc.

Bruce Olson earned a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration, and an honorary Doctor of Management degree from Purdue University.  After working at the Bank of New York and becoming the head of the New England commercial lending group, Bruce joined St. Joe Minerals in New York as Manager of Corporate Development.  He then became Vice President Finance for St. Joe International and moved to St. Louis to become Vice President International in 1985. 

Bruce joined Group One Capital, an acquisition company co-founded by his wife Kim in 1987.  Group One Capital acquired and managed companies using the capital of its principals plus institutional debt.  Over the years Group One acquired over 20 companies.  Various businesses have included electric products distribution, beauty products distribution, home remodeling, sunglass retailing, beauty products manufacturing and luggage manufacturing.  Many of the companies were sold over the years.

Today, Bruce is President of BBI Group; a private investment group in Clayton, Missouri.  He is also Chairman of Smart Karton, a packaging company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bruce is a member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the past Chairman of the Missouri Health and Education Facilities Authority Board and former member of the Board of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation.