Ross Olson started as an IAM Local 737 member in August 2001, when he began as a vehicle runner at Inver Grove Ford in Inver Grove Heights, MN.
He progressed through multiple positions and became a journeyman automotive technician. In January 2015, he was elected shop steward and in May 2015 he was elected local Secretary-Treasurer. In 2016, he served on the St. Paul Automotive Dealers negotiation committee.
In May 2016, Olson was elected District 77 Secretary-Treasurer, a post that tracks District and Local membership records and handles the accounts and finances of the District.
Olson has attended web development classes at the Winpisinger Center, and his District Lodge website has won several IAM Communications Awards for his work.