Dean's Advisory Council: Carl Nelson, Jr.
Carl Nelson serves on the board of directors of Worthington Industries, a $3 billion diversified metal processing company, where he is the audit committee chair and is on the executive committee. Carl also serves on the advisory board of Navigator Management Partners, a consulting firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Carl serves on the board of Star Leasing, a $70 million ESOP owned company that leases 12,000 semi trailers through 10 facilities across a seven state area.
Carl also served on the board of Dominion Homes, a regional homebuilder where he was audit committee chair and was on the governance committee. In June 2008, Dominion completed a transaction to take the company private and Carl served as chairman of the special committee of independent directors for this transaction. He has also served on the advisory board of Stonehenge Capital, a $500 million private equity and structured finance firm located in Columbus, Ohio. He has served on the boards of other companies, including Huntington Funds, Schearer’s Foods, BRC Realty and Marketsphere Consulting. In 2006, Carl became an investor and chairman of an electrical contractor, serving utilities and industrial companies, which grew its revenue from $6 million in 2006 to $30 million in 2008, and then he sold his investment in April 2008.
In addition to his board work, Carl is an independent business consultant. He has worked significantly with a $1.0 billion manufacturer of extruded drainage pipe and related products on strategic planning, acquisitions, financial matters and executive coaching. He has a variety of experiences in defining strategic initiatives with significant change requirements and implementing large-scale technology projects and ERP systems.
He has taught in the MBA and executive education programs at The Ohio State University. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business.
Carl was a partner with Arthur Andersen where he started his career in 1971 and he worked with the firm until 2002 when he retired. He served as managing partner of the Columbus office, as well as a consulting partner. Carl held numerous positions in the consulting practice of Arthur Andersen; the most significant were responsibility for the products industry practice in the United States and for sales to all major accounts in the U.S. Central Region.
Carl has been involved in a number of community service activities including The Ohio State University Pacesetters, Salesian Boys Club, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Upper Arlington Education Foundation, First Community Village and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Carl received his B.S. from The Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a CPA and is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).