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Ric Olsen

came the president of Clearbrook Hos- pitality and recently completed a very significant project opening a museum to honor Glen Campbell . Cheatham County Connection Ric met his wife, Helen, in Studio City/ North Hollywood, CA in 1988. Helen had always wanted to “move back home” to Nashville and be closer to her parents. In 1994, they lived one mile from the epicenter of the Reseda/ Northridge earthquake. That experi- ence quickly prompted their move one year later. Helen, being from the area, flew to Nashville and found their new home in Tanglewood subdivision in Pe- gram. Since then they built their forev- er home just down the street in Kings- ton Springs. All three of their children attend Kingston Springs schools. “We love this town and do what we can to support the community,” Olsen stated. Ric was the President of the Cheatham County Community Theater

for years and Helen served as an ARK Community Resource Center board member and assisted in Meals on Wheels. They both have worked tire- lessly raising money for various local organizations and hosting fund raisers at their home. Olsen loves Christmas and hosts a food drive when they set up their large light display. “Every day we come home we feel we are on vacation,” Olsen said. “Home to us has always been a starting place for family, love, hope and dreams. We found that in Kingston Springs.”

Ric Olsen was born on August 20, 1956. He is well known for his work as the lead guitarist for the 1980’s pop/ new wave band, Berlin . Berlin was formed in Orange County, CA in the late 1970s and had several hits during their tenure, such as “No More Words”, “The Metro” and “Take my Breath Away” (from the movie Top Gun ). “Take my Breath Away” became their best- selling single and a huge international success. Berlin officially disbanded in 1987, but the members found themselves back on stage in 2013 after VH1’s show, " Bands Reunited ," came knocking on their doors. The original band was re- united and played a show at The Roxy in California. It was a sold-out show and they still get together and preform. From 1995 to 2018, Olsen worked for Gibson Brands, formally Gibson Guitar Group, as Director of Loss Prevention and Brand Protection. In 2019, he be-

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