About Ken Olsen

As founder of Castlebrook Management, Ken Olsen is a seasoned entrepreneur, successful businessman and pragmatic leader poised to inspire any individual or organization to greatness. His vast professional experience and proven expertise as a leader, teacher and manager combined with his ability to connect with an audience by sharing insightful illustrations and proven business tactics are the key to a thought-provoking and meaningful discussion or presentation.

A graduate from State University of New York (B.S. in Math) and Columbia University (M.A. Educational Administration), Ken’s passion for learning and teaching began early in his career. During his 11 years in the classroom, Ken created a new approach to learning. He developed a novel aviation course for H.S. students that combined all the academic disciplines with aeronautical science. Over the five-year period Ken taught the program, he inspired numerous students to continue their education and avoid dropping out of school while fostering more than 35 career pilots and earning a feature on network television.
Ken left teaching to pursue a career in business and joined a foreign-owned start-up pharmaceutical technology company of 5 employees as a salesman. Within 7 years he rose to a position of senior leadership to finally become the President of Glatt Air Techniques, Inc. Ken honed his skills as a visionary leader and entrepreneur by founding Nortec Development Associates, a generic drug development company, just six years after joining the Glatt organization. Shortly thereafter, Ken led Glatt Air to be the first company to introduce oral contraceptives to the Peoples Republic of China. During that time he also partnered with a professional seminar organization to form what has become one of the leading training seminars for pharmaceutical scientists. In 1990, while serving as President of both Glatt and Nortec, he founded International Processing Corporation, a state of the art contract drug manufacturing company, where Ken also served as President and CEO. As the senior operating officer of all three companies with a combined staff of some 400 employees, Ken grew the businesses to become multi-million dollar organizations. Both Nortec and IPC were sold shortly after 2000 and provided a significant return on investment to investors.

To stay abreast of trends, Ken was actively involved in numerous professional associations and activities. He was a member of the Drug & Chemical & Allied Trades Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute of Food Technology, American Association of Candy Technologists, American Pharmaceutical Association and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, to name a few. Ken also served as a guest lecturer in varying capacities and published numerous articles in professional journals throughout his career. Ken became an inventor and holds a patent on a pharmaceutical apparatus. His companies also secured numerous patents in pharmaceutical technology.

As evidenced by his track record, Ken is a most qualified candidate to help motivate and lead your organization to future success. At his core, Ken is a servant leader and a pillar in his community. Putting his passion for aviation to good use, he has donated his time and aircraft as a pilot to help children with serious illnesses get the medical attention they desperately need. At Sing Sing Prison, Ken and his wife have been involved as volunteers for over 40 years providing hope and encouragement to incarcerated individuals. Ken has mentored numerous new business entrepreneurs and has assisted many individuals and families in the resolution of financial, business and personal problems.

Ken and his wife, Jeannie, have been married for 42 happy years. Together, they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.