Monty A. Houdeshell New Chairman of the Board at Nelson

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Gary D. Nelson retires as Chairman of the Board at Nelson Family of Companies and Monty A. Houdeshell steps in as new Chair.

The Nelson Family of Companies, a multi-divisional human capital solutions company, announced today that long-term Director Mr. Monty A. Houdeshell has been elected as its new Chairman of the Board, replacing retiring Founder and Chairman of the Board Gary D. Nelson.

This appointment is part of the planned transition in leadership at Nelson following the previously announced sale of a majority interest in its WorkforceLogic division to ZeroChaos and the departure of former CEO Catherine Candland. Replacing Candland as CEO of the Nelson Family of Companies is Craig S. Nelson.

“Having a well-experienced board Chair who is not a family member is a new and exciting direction for us,” said Craig Nelson. “As Monty focuses on oversight of board operations and corporate governance, I can concentrate fully on building the business, maintaining successful client relationships, and ensuring a fun and productive workplace for our staff.”

An innovative executive who has led numerous corporate transitions resulting in favorable outcomes for management, clients, and employees, Houdeshell has been a valued member of Nelson’s board since 2006, most recently serving as Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. He has served as the CFO and CAO for publicly-traded companies in a variety of industries in addition to human capital, including communications technology, healthcare, and manufacturing. Currently Principal at Houdeshell Advisors, LLC, he serves clients in an interim executive capacity or as an advisor to CEOs and boards on a variety of strategic and operational issues. Houdeshell has also served as CFO at Autobytel, Inc.; CAO and CFO for Remedy Temp Inc., The Furon Company, and Oak Industries, Inc.; and in a variety of finance and administrative positions at Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. He holds a B.S in Finance from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Development from the University of Southern California, and currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California.

“I have full confidence in Monty’s ability to lead our board during this next period of the company’s evolution,” said Gary Nelson. “In addition to Monty’s experience in staffing and board leadership, he’s a hands-on professional in strategic planning and corporate governance. Under his guidance, we’re expecting great things in 2012.”

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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