Nelson received his BS degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia in 1952 and worked as a forestry consultant for 10 years in North Carolina where he introduced and developed a number of concepts and innovative forestry practices.
He spent over 35 years as an agent for two major mutual life insurance companies. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), a member of Equitable Life Assurance Society’s Hall of Fame. He a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
He has spent over 55 years in the study of economics (The Austrian School of thought). This began with The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Leonard E. Read, founder of that organization became his mentor. He is a charter member of the Leonard E. Read Society.