John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. is Chairman and CEO of NELSON Worldwide, a design, architecture, branding, and consulting services organization operating across the country and globe. Under Ozzie’s direction, the firm expanded from a one-office, traditional design firm with a single core competency to its current state of 22 locations, 10 different practice areas, and multiple fully integrated service lines. Since Ozzie became CEO of NELSON in 2003, the firm has executed 40 merger/acquisitions, taking NELSON from the rank of #37 in the industry to “Top 10” with a growth of more than 500 percent. In 2019, he was named one of Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs. His innovative approach to the design business has put Ozzie in high demand as a speaker for organizations including Design Colloquium, InterPlan, CoreNet, the AEC convention, NeoCon, and the annual conference for the Internal Society of Facilities Executives.