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Gary Nelson

Creative Learning Systems
Gary Nelson, graduated from North Texas State University in 1976 with a BS in Industrial Arts education. He taught one year at W. T. White High School in Dallas before opening the rocky mountain region for Brodhead-Garrett. He designed and implemented Industrial Arts programs for schools in this region from 1977 to 1984. In 1984 he founded Lab Technologies, an independent manufacturer’s rep company that specialized in the Career and Technical education market. In 2002, he acquired Creative Learning Systems (CLS) and moved the company from California to Colorado. Today, CLS is one of the leading companies in the design and implementation of Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) labs in the US. In February of 2017 he sold a majority share of CLS to a private equity group. He maintains a minority share of the business and serves on the board.