David NelsonExecutive Vice President

David uniquely brings both technical engineering and business skill sets to deliver strategic real estate solutions. 

Having graduated from Georgia Tech as a men’s basketball student athlete with an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree and an MBA, David uniquely brings a diverse skill set to the Carter team. David not only competed at the highest level (NCAA Final Four), but he also gained technical engineering and business skill sets that have served Carter well in delivering strategic real estate solutions.

David’s clients benefit from his industry knowledge and hands-on project experience. His responsibilities have included: site selection and acquisition; financial, as well as market feasibility studies and analyses; due diligence research; project management through design, construction and turnover; sales and marketing oversight; and sustainability analysis.

As an executive vice president with 13 years experience at Carter, David leads major redevelopment and acquisition efforts. His background and experience with both institutional and private owners make him an ideal candidate to manage this initiative. David has experience managing almost $1.5 billion worth of complex project portfolios balancing their various risks, exposures and opportunities to maximize value. He continues to achieve meaningful results through his ability to develop new insights and create lasting relationships.

Born and raised in New York, David has lived in Atlanta for more than 20 years, and he married an Atlanta native and fellow Georgia Tech graduate. They have two young children and he spends most of his waking hours with his family. He coaches his son’s teams, volunteers at the YMCA and is involved with his church. 


Urban Land Institute (ULI) LEED AP

Civic Involvement

The Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA - Board Member
City of Atlanta Technical Advisory Committee
Central Atlanta Progress - Board Member
Georgia Tech Commercial Real Estate Organization - Board Member
Peachtree Church Early Childhood Sunday School Leader

Honors Awards

Men’s Basketball Student Athlete - Graduated with High Honors