ROBERT (BOB) OLSEN
COMPASS Cyber Security
Robert (Bob) Olsen is a busy CEO of two companies, Comprehensive Applied Security Solutions (COMPASS) Cyber Security and North Star Group, so he knows it’s critical to hire and train the best people available.
“I am a firm believer that if you hire the right team member, and give them an opportunity to use their experience and training, they will thrive,” he says. “My leadership style is to set direction, lay out a plan with the leadership team, and manage to the plan. It is important that everyone understand their roles and why they are critical to our success.”
Olsen inspires COMPASS employees to believe in his mission and vision, says Chloe Pfander, a marketing specialist. “He is a very accessible CEO,” she says. “He provides constant communication and makes everyone feel comfortable.”
Pfander says Olsen has started the Young Professionals Development Club to provide mentorship to people as they navigate the start of their business careers. “He’s helping other people as others helped him,” she says.
Olsen makes each employee feel like they have a stake in the company’s success by including team members in discussions before making important decisions, says Matt Flora, COMPASS manager of business development.
“He also takes time each week to talk to team members one on one to identify new initiatives, giving them the opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns, and making sure we are happy in our positions,” Flora says. “This type of communication is my favorite thing about working with Bob and makes everyone want to work harder to grow the company.”