Chad Olson, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The Pro Image Inc., a sports fan apparel and gift store chain, has received the Chivas Regal Young Entrepreneur Award for 1987.
The Chivas Regal awards program recognizes and honors business owners in six different categories for their ingenuity, vision and perseverance.The idea for The Pro Image came about when Olson's brother, Kevin, couldn't find an authentic Los Angeles Dodgers cap for his son during a business trip to Los Angeles in 1985. Kevin said they were available only at the stadium on game days.
Chad Olson decided there was a market for sportswear and from its 1985 start, The Pro Image now has 165 franchises across the country where professional basketball, baseball, hockey and football and college sportswear and novelty items are sold. Sales in the stores should reach $34 million this year.