A native of Winter Springs, Florida, Brent Nelson began his career with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission in 1995 after graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in Marketing.
During his 27-plus years within the sports tourism industry, Nelson has been an active team member in the creation of a true regional partnership at the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. In his role as Senior Vice President of Business Development, he is charged with the attraction and retention of key relationships within the overall sports marketplace which has in return produced over 1,500 new events being staged in Greater Orlando sports venues and hotels. More importantly, this activity has created over $1 billion of new direct spending in Central Florida. He has also participated in the relocation of three major sports related businesses to Greater Orlando, which has helped to create a significant number of high wage jobs, and new public and private facilities for the region
Nelson previously served on the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) Board of Directors from 2018-2022, is a recent Past-President of the Point East Condominium Association Board, and is a member of Skal International Orlando. He also volunteered on the Connect Sports Marketplace Advisory Board in 2014 and 2015 and was a member of the Tourism Orlando Leadership Program Class of 2012. Nelson's charitable contributions within the Greater Orlando community include his past involvement with New Hope for Kids and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.