Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture, University Florida, 1979.
Foreign other people named Bryan Nelson, see Brian Nelson (disambiguation)
After graduation, he returned to Central Florida, where he worked in his family"s business, Nelson"s Florida Roses. Nelson then started Nelson Insurance Services in 1995 as a means of providing his family"s business with insurance, and it expanded from there. In 2002, he was appointed to the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission, and served as its Chairman in 2006.
When incumbent State Representative Fred Brummer was unable to seek another term in the legislature and instead opted to run for the, Nelson ran to succeed him in the 38th District, which was based in northern Orange County, stretching from Apopka to Ocoee, Orlando, and Maitland.
The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Thompson over Nelson, observing, "e better appreciates the important issues facing the district than does his opponent," and criticizing Nelson for not protecting the Wekiva River and for not supporting property-insurance reforms. Nelson ran on a platform of "repealing parts of Bachelor of Science 550, which would impose a five-year inspection schedule on septic tanks," which he said would lead to a "bureaucratic and costly nightmare" and on supporting SunRail, which Heinzeilman vocally opposed.
In 2013, Nelson announced that he would run for the in District 2 to replace term-limited Commissioner Fred Brummer, whom he previously replaced in the legislature.
Member Habitat for Humanity, since 2007. Member of Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce (president 2003), Florida Foliage Association 1992, Apopka Rotary Club (Rotarian of Year 1998).
Married Debbie Nelson. Children: Reed, Linda.