Notable Alumni: Larry Nelson

President and CEO, Bane-Nelson, Inc.

  • Category: Notable Alumni
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 51
  • Undergrad degree/university: Civil/Structural Technology/Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College – 1973

Larry Nelson’s family and professional roots are in southeastern Wisconsin. In 1970, he joined the family company, Bane-Nelson, Inc., a commercial and industrial construction company in Kenosha.

After earning an associate degree in civil/structural engineering from Gateway Technical College in 1973, Nelson attended classes at University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Associated General Contractors Construction Supervisor program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

He serves Gateway Technical College as a supporter and volunteer. Nelson has served multiple terms as a Gateway Foundation Board member and is a member of the Gateway Foundation’s Golf Scramble planning committee. His support was especially important as the committee adapted to COVID restrictions last year, according to Ashleigh Henrichs, foundation and alumni relations coordinator for the Gateway Technical College Foundation.

Nelson has received several “Building of the Year” awards for projects he has designed and built. He is the chairman of the Police and Fire Commission of Pleasant Prairie, a member of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and a charter member of the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club. He served on the board of the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (KACVB) for 24 years and was chairman of the board at Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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