Gary Nelson is a forward thinker whose passion, creativity, and determination make him a visionary in business. A graduate of San Jose State University with advanced work in industrial relations, he had 10 years of experience in human resources before founding Nelson in 1970.
Gary continually explores new ways to provide value to clients and maintain his company’s clear standing as a leader in the fields of workforce management and human capital. Gary believes in a personal-touch approach with both clients and job candidates and instills this practice in his businesses. His wealth of industry experience has earned him recognition as an expert, and he is regularly asked to speak at human resource-related events and conferences; he has shared the stage with many industry leaders and dignitaries, including Dr. Henry Kissinger, Lloyd Bentsen, and Scott Cook of Intuit.
In 2011 Gary was listed in Staffing Industry Review’s “Who’s Who: The Staffing 100” as an influential leader in the field of staffing. In his local community Gary is recognized as an outspoken advocate for healthcare and education and is well-known as a community activist and philanthropist. He has spearheaded efforts to open and support public charter schools and was a leader in developing Sonoma’s “Field of Dreams” project to create a major youth baseball and soccer complex. Gary and his wife Marcia established the Gary and Marcia Nelson Emergency Care Fund in support of emergency room services in Sonoma Valley.