Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Nelson began his career in the landscape industry in 1964 doing cost accounting for Valley crest Landscape, Inc. after majoring in accounting and real estate at Los Angeles City College. After several months in cost accounting, he was moved into the estimating department. He was ten assigned several projects as project expediter. He became Assistant Branch Manager in the Van Nuys Office in 1968.
In 1973, he started Colvin Sprinkler Co. a full service landscape irrigation company, which specialized in irrigation and drainage for all size projects (residential, commercial, and public works). In 1976, Colvin Sprinkler Co. was sold and he joined American Landscape, Inc. as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and also as Chief Estimator.
In 1985 he joined California Landscape, Inc. as President and Chief Marketing Officer. He was responsible for the entire administrative department including all entities (California Landscape Maintenance, Inc. Oakridge Landscape, Inc, and Capistrano Wholesale Nurseries, Inc.)
In 1994 Nelson became Executive Director Chief Executive Officer of the CLCA Welfare Insurance Trust (in 2000 became Golden Oak Cooperative Corp.).
Nelson currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Californian’s for Compensation Reform (CCWC). Nelson lives in Northridge with his wife of 34 years Leslie. He has two children daughter Dayna and son Adam. He enjoys reading, golf and playing Fantasy Baseball.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
1973 - CLCA SFV CHAPTER Member of the Year
1974 - CLCA SFV CHAPTER PRESIDENT
1979 - Awarded Knight of the Garter by the Women’s Auxiliary
1980 - CLCA Associate Member of the Year
1982 - CLCA Executive Directors Award for Outstand Service to
1983 - Elected to CLCA State Executive Board
1987 - Elected CLCA State President
1990 - Awarded CLCA Allegiance Award
1990 - Elected to the Insurance Board of Trustees
1996 - CLCA Life Membership
2004 - Women’s Auxiliary Member of the Year