Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship
Nelson was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug when he launched his first business (ice cream business) in Colombia, after receiving a $1 gift for his tenth birthday. He has launched multiple businesses, including business consulting, consumer electronics, consumer electronics refurbishing, automatic vehicle location systems, oil industry, and office supplies. He was part of a team who re-designed a staple office supply resulting in a patent being granted in 2019.
He was inspired to teach entrepreneurship after serving as a full-time volunteer with AmeriCorps*Vista Entrepreneur Corps. His first teaching job was at a liberal arts college. He has taught at the graduate level in MBA and MPA programs. After teaching at multiple business schools around the country, he is happy to be back to the PNW and at a Liberal Arts college.
He has published in peer-review journals, such as Journal of Entrepreneurship and Education, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, and Economies et Sociétés.
Nelson has a DBA with concentration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Grenoble Ecole of Management in France, MBA from the University of Florida and a BBA from Washington State University.
When he is not teaching, he helps startup companies, meditates, practices yoga, hikes, and bikes.