Nelson Corporate History

Corporate History

Corporate History

Since 1970, Nelson has been providing staffing solutions to Northern California businesses.

From its first office in San Rafael, Nelson expanded quickly, opening its second office in San Francisco a year later.

In the early 1980s, when economic and business conditions began to shift, companies started to recognize the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a contingent workforce. It was then that Nelson made a fundamental change in its business strategy, moving from executive search to temporary placement and expanding its presence by opening offices from Monterey to Santa Rosa to Sacramento.

When the temporary placement services industry began to explode later in the decade, Nelson was poised and ready to meet the burgeoning need of companies seeking high-quality temporary employees.

Today, Nelson has clients located throughout the greater Bay Area and Sacramento Valley, one of the most dynamic and diverse economic corridors in the nation. Nelson clients include start-up, emerging and mature companies, some of whom have been Nelson clients for more than 20 years.

Milestones Table

1970 Company founded by Gary D. Nelson.
First office opened in San Rafael.
1971 Second office opened in San Francisco.
1980 Corporate strategy change from executive search to temporary placement.
1988 Mark Nelson joins company.

Nelson & Associates (formerly Accountants Plus) division founded.

Gary D. Nelson presented with Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association.

Nelson presented with the Outstanding Service Award from the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.

1989 Gary D. Nelson presented with Marin County’s Citizen of the Year Award.

Corporate office opened in Sonoma.

1990 Number of Nelson employees exceeds 50.
1991 Opened first vendor-on-premise program at Cisco.
1994 Nelson Technology (formerly TechSource) founded.

ABE (now WorkforceLogic) founded.

Revenues exceed $50 million.

Sun Microsystems presents Nelson with their Outstanding Performance Award.

1995 Nelson Hosted The Conference Summit with Henry Kissinger as a keynote speaker.

Mark Nelson named as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Rated #1 Staffing Service in The Business Journal.

1996 Revenues exceed $100 million.
1997 Innovative Internet recruiting and retention team formed.
2000 Revenues exceed $200 million.

Number of Nelson employees reaches 340.

WorkforceLogic (formerly CWMedge) founded.

HRhome (formerly myHRedge) founded.

2001 Soconet purchased.

Craig Nelson joins business as General Counsel.

2002 Nelson & Associates founded.
2005 NelsonJobs.com launched as Northern California’s premier job board.

NelsonJobs.com sponsors first Sonoma
Jazz Festival.

The Nelson Family of Companies reaches
$288 million in revenue.

2006 ABE and WorkforceLogic merge to create largest business unit under the name WorkforceLogic.

HRhome version 5.0 is released.

2007 Nelson announces double-digit revenue growth
2008 Nelson opens new offices around the Bay Area.

WorkforceLogic announces record revenues for 2007.

WorkforceLogic expands VMS solution to companies of all sizes with WorkforceLogic Essential.

2009 Nelson makes SIA’s Top 10 list of “Best Staffing Firms to Work For.”

WorkforceLogic earns Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status.

Nelson increases rank by 20 places to become 44th largest staffing company in U.S. per SIA.

2010 WorkforceLogic releases Essential Intelligence, a powerful reporting and analytics tool.