Thomas Nelson is a lifelong entrepreneur. He started his first business at sixteen, and worked almost exclusively for himself into his thirties. He started or operated over a dozen businesses before being drawn into academia.
Thomas holds a PhD from the University of Louisville in entrepreneurship, where he received an academic fellowship. He also holds bachelor’s and masters degrees from Ball State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
In addition to his dissertation Thomas has coauthored several refereed journal articles in various entrepreneurship and education journals. He has taught, researched, and developed programs, contests and curricula at three universities.
Currently, Thomas creates, supports and teaches entrepreneurship at the University of South Alabama. His focuses include design & entrepreneurship, nontraditional entrepreneurship, and forgiving business models & processes. Proficient with traditional business plans, the business model canvas, and the Simplexity Problem Solving Process, Thomas consults with nascent entrepreneurs, small and mid sized businesses, governments, and non profit organizations on ideation, business formation and validation, business planning, and creative problem solving.
He resides in Mobile Alabama with his wife Suzanne, and their two dogs, Rita and Dino and an ever changing ensemble of foster pets.