Principal, Crawford Hoying Development
In 2012, Nelson joined partners Brent Crawford and Bob Hoying to found Crawford Hoying Development. As a Principal of Crawford Hoying, he leads the collaboration of in-house development professionals and external consultants as they ideate and deliver extremely complex, first-class walkable communities. His education and experience in finance, design and construction provide him with a uniquely broad understanding of the many facets of real estate development.
Prior to joining Crawford Hoying, Nelson worked at M+A Architects for over a decade, eventually rising to the position of partner while overseeing the master planning, zoning, design, leasing coordination and construction of more than 7.5 million square feet of mixed-use, retail, office, multi-family, hospitality, religious and industrial projects. During his tenure at M+A, Nelson earned his certification from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council. In 2010, Nelson co-founded Real Estate Development Advisors (RDA), where his experience included a highly successful partnership with Crawford Hoying at The Lane development, an award-winning 350,000 SF, $40 million mixed-use project near The Ohio State University.
Nelson holds an MBA focused in construction management and real estate development from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Ball State University. He serves on the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and is an active member of St. Brendan Parish. He resides in Dublin with his wife and three daughters and is in the process of restoring and expanding a 160-year-old historic farmstead.