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Gerald Nels Olson

Gerald Nels OlsonJerry has thirty-five years of experience: legal, business, banking and commercial real estate investment and development, in Dallas Texas, Washington DC and nationwide.

Jerry is an attorney and has served as a senior partner and member of the management committee of a major law firm; president of a business and bank consultancy; director and loan committee member of a multi-bank holding company; and published author and scholar.

Jerry has also served as Chief Operating Officer, and then President and Chief Operating Officer of a large Texas-based commercial real estate company, with assets of approximately $1 billion. The company’s asset base consisted of 18 operating companies, 2 administrative service/holding companies and over 100 project partnerships. Jerry conceived and implemented a comprehensive company and debt restructure for the company, one of the first successful "global workouts" in the banking and real estate crisis of the late 1980's and early 1990's, and a prototype for subsequent business consulting transactions.

Jerry has advised owners, investors and lenders in restructure transactions aggregating in excess of U.S. $3 billion. These restructuring transactions involved primarily large commercial real estate owners, investors and lenders and spanned complex issues of business and personal relationships, business structure and operations, finance, regulation and law.

Jerry was appointed Senior Fellow of the London Institute of International Banking, Finance and Development Law, London, and of the Institute of International Banking and Finance at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, for the period 1994 to 2004; and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London, for the period 1994 to 1998 and Visiting Scholar at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, for the period 1994 to 1996.

Jerry is the author of a book entitled Banks in Distress, Lessons from the American Experience of the 1980s, regarding the phenomenon of worldwide banking and financial distress, including related public policy issues, published by the London office of Kluwer Law International, The Hague, Netherlands in 2000 as a part of its International Banking, Finance and Economic Law Series.

Jerry has written and lectured extensively on legal and business aspects of banking and finance in the US, England, Europe and South America. Jerry has presented 27 professional papers, published 13 book chapters and delivered more than 15 personal presentations at prestigious international conferences. Jerry is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Jerry has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Trish Olson collaborates with Jerry in providing consulting services. Trish has thirty years of experience providing personal, marital and business counseling to men and women professionals, business executives, their families and children.

Trish's private clients are many, varied and devoted. Some clients have continued to rely on her sensitivity and insight for more than 18 years. Trish has Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Women’s University. Trish is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and holds a post-graduate diploma from the Southwest Family Institute, Dallas, Texas.

Trish and Jerry provide professional, independent, discrete and confidential mentoring, consultation and guidance to their clients, based on their considerable, rich and diverse life experience and their understanding of and ability to guide their clients through the complex and intricate details of integrating and balancing personal and family relationships with business, professional ambition and financial growth.

Trish and Jerry recognize that most issues and complications of personal and family growth and ambition involve a broad range of issues, from strictly personal and emotional issues to complex business, legal and financial decisions. Most of clients' lives are bound up in a tangle of such considerations. Trish and Jerry provide an open and safe forum for the resolution of these issues.

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