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YEN Member Spotlight: TC Olsen of LKQ Corporation Pushes for More Youth Involvement

By Ashley Reyes

TC OlsenTC Olsen is the SEMA Young Executives Network’s (YEN) newest spotlight member. Olsen is the director of talent acquisition at LKQ Corporation, a provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles. Get to know what keeps him in the industry in his interview with SEMA, below.

SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?

TC Olsen: It's more of a guiding principle: "Good, Better, Best. Don't ever let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best." I've whispered that saying to myself thousands of times, especially when facing adversity.

SEMA: What keeps you in the industry?

TO: I grew up in an automotive family that consisted of many "backyard mechanics." I have a level of respect for the automotive industry as a whole, which stems from many childhood memories under a hood, climbing through a salvaged vehicle and running through the pits of dirt tracks.

I see the generational gap growing as more automotive professionals are pulled into other industries due to the lack of education, awareness, and support. I feel we need to protect the future of the industry by driving awareness and involvement during the early education of our youth.

SEMA: Where can you be found on a Saturday?

TO: You can find me coaching. I have a passion for coaching youth sports. I've been coaching youth sports for almost 10 years.

SEMA: How do you prepare for an important meeting?

TO: I research, plan, establish visuals, rehearse, and execute.

SEMA: If you could go to lunch with one industry leader, living or dead, who it would be?

TO: I would go to lunch with Elon Musk. I'd be interested to hear his strategy on revolutionizing the industry and understand where he sees it going in the next 5-10 years.

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