Atlanta Business Chronicle | Nelson works hard, works smart

Carter Senior Vice President David Nelson says that he got into commercial real estate “through a couple of relationships and a few people taking a chance on me.”

While working on an MBA at Georgia Tech, “I was in search of a career that gave me the opportunity to work in a high-energy, competitive environment that combined my strengths in strategy and finance with a role that allowed me to build relationships with people,” he said.

Nelson began his commercial real estate career as an intern at Novare Group. After two years here, he joined Carter in 2008, and now leads the company’s development efforts for off-campus private student housing projects.

Nelson’s focus these days is on the redevelopment of the Turner Field site, with Georgia State University, Carter, and a number of other partners putting together a mix of housing, retail, athletic and academic space for Georgia State.

Nelson names a number of individuals as mentors that have played meaningful roles in his growth. These include Paul Hewitt, his basketball coach during his athletic career at Georgia Tech; Terry Blum, former dean of Tech’s College of Business and founding director of the school’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship; Dan DuPree, vice chairman of the board at Preferred Apartment Communities; and Bill Darden, owner of Darden & Co., a real estate program management firm.

Nelson also works as a volunteer mentor at Georgia Tech.

“Dave is a winner at everything he does,” said Carter President and CEO Scott Taylor. “He’s very bright, incredibly focused, and knows how to work not just hard, but smart. Dave does not wait to be told what to do. He takes the initiative and makes things happen.”

  • Age: 35
  • Company: Carter
  • CRE Role Models: Carter President and CEO Scott Taylor; and Carter Chairman Bob Peterson


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By Martin Sinderman, Contributing Writer - Atlanta Business Chronicle

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