Craig Nelson Steps in as CEO at Nelson Family of Companies

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As previous CEO, Catherine Candland, joins ZeroChaos following the recent sale of Nelson's WorkforceLogic division to them, Craig S. Nelson steps in as CEO of the Nelson Family of Companies.

Craig S. Nelson, son of Founder Gary D. Nelson, is taking over as CEO of the Nelson Family of Companies, transitioning from his role as Executive VP of Staffing Services into the role of CEO, effective January 12, 2012. Craig takes over from Catherine Candland who is joining ZeroChaos following the recent sale of Nelson’s WorkforceLogic division to them.

Says Gary Nelson, “For more than 40 years, I have put my heart and soul into this company. Craig has been with Nelson over ten years and has established strong relationships with staff, clients, and members of the community. I anticipate this will be a smooth transition and the company will thrive under Craig’s leadership.”

No newcomer to leadership, prior to going to work for Nelson as General Counsel in 2001, Craig Nelson spent seven years with the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice, and before that, three years as a litigator with the Law Offices of Bowles and Verna. He has a Masters of Law from the University of San Diego, his Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, and degrees in Business Administration and Economics.

“My father leads by example,” says Craig Nelson. “I will, of course, bring my own style to the role of CEO, but there are many ways in which I will follow his successful path. Being an innovator in the field of staffing and changing the way businesses utilize talent and technology to support their strategic goals is certainly something I will emulate.”

Gary Nelson and the company under his leadership has, indeed, had its share of success. Just this year named one of 100 top influential staffing leaders by SIReview, Gary Nelson built his company from a one-office, one-assistant operation to a corporation consisting of 17 locations and more than 300 employees. In 2011, Nelson won NorthBay Biz magazine’s Best Job Placement service and the Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces. The company’s success is indicated not only in awards received, though, but also in revenue. For the last two years running, Nelson has surpassed industry growth rates, with 31% growth in 2010 and 16% in 2011, against industry rates of 12% in 2010 and 10% in 2011.

About the Nelson Family of Companies:
Founded in 1970 with locations throughout California and into Texas, Nelson ranks among the largest staffing companies in the United States. Regularly recognized as one of the “Top 10 Best Staffing Firms to Work For,” Nelson was newly honored as one of the Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces of 2011. Nelson specializes in staffing services in numerous fields, including administration, executive management, technology, manufacturing, legal, human resources, finance and accounting, engineering, wine and beverage, and computer gaming/digital media. Embracing the values of excellence, innovation, empathy, and integrity when interacting with clients and employees alike, Nelson holds itself to a high standard. To learn more about the company, visit

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