Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson

Senior Lecturer


  • 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 1989-1997 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 1987-1989 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).

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Administrative Appointments

    Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs

  • Community Relationships

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

  • Administrative Appointments

    Undergraduate Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Administrative Appointments

    Undergraduate Coordinator, Finance Department

  • Administrative Appointments

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

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