"What do you do?" has always been a difficult question for Jann Olsten. After all, who gets three vastly different careers, and excels in all three. First, he was an attorney for a decade or so at one of the top law firms in the Twin Cities; then, without any political experience, he managed the first U.S.Senate campaign for Rudy Boschwitz and then joined him as his chief of staff.
Quickly making a name for himself in Washington, DC, he became Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Back home in Minneapolis, he helped lead the growth and sale of Proex Photo and Portrait, then later was co-founder and CEO of Archiver's, the Photo Memory Store, which owned and operated 45 retail stores throughout the country.
One of his own favorite memories was when he sat next to Elizabeth Taylor at a President Jimmy Carter's State of the Union. "She said she remembered me because I was the one who wouldn't let her husband, Senator John Warner, have the office suite that she wanted," he laughs.