Rick Nelson

Senior Lecturer at Carlson School of Management


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Carlson School of Management


BS 1980
Finance University of Minnesota

MBA 1987
Finance University of Minnesota


Teaching faculty member not active in research

Rick Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs, Department of Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He joined the Carlson School of Management faculty in 1997 and has over fifteen years of experience teaching numerous International, Executive MBA, MBA, Undergraduate and Executive Education courses in Finance. He has taught internationally at Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien (WU) Vienna, Austria and the Warsaw School of Economics. He has been a finalist for Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year numerous times and has been named as an Outstanding MBA Faculty Member in the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools.

He received his BSB in 1980, and his MBA in 1987 from the Carlson School of Management.

Mr. Nelson also has extensive professional experience. From 19891997 he held various senior management positions with ReliaStar Financial Corporation (now ING). Most recently he was Senior Vice President, reporting to the Chief Investment Officer with responsibility for developing overall investment strategies, managing the company''s derivatives portfolios, asset liability processes and staff. He held numerous other positions with ReliaStar including responsibility for their Group Pension business hedging activities.

From 19871989 he was Assistant Treasurer, MTS Systems Corporation, Inc. where he reported to the Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for short term investments, foreign currency hedging, insurance and risk management, pension plan administration and investment evaluation.

Prior to this he was the Treasurer and General Manager for Lerch Brothers Inc.; A Commercial Lender with Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo); and a Surety Bond Underwriter with the St. Paul Companies (now Travelers).

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs

Undergraduate Faculty Advisory Committee

Undergraduate Coordinator, Finance Department

Faculty Advisor to InFO (Investment and Finance Organization), the Carlson School''s undergraduate finance club

Community Relationships

Chairman of the Board, Alliance Housing Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer and manager

Courses Taught

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