As a founding partner of the Slinde Nelson law firm, Nick formerly advised businesses on corporate strategy, operational matters, real estate acquisition, development and construction and commercial litigation/settlement. Based on this prior experience, Nick caught the entrepreneurial bug and found himself wanting to build something that disrupted an industry resistant to innovation. From that, Surface Tech was born. Nick continues to bring a unique perspective to Surface Tech, its expanding product base and growing geographical footprint.

Prior to founding Slinde Nelson, Nick spent four years as General Counsel and Vice President of Land Acquisitions & Development for a large real estate development company in Portland. In that capacity, he helped identify acquisition targets, secure financing, and advance projects through the land use and sale process.

Nick earned his BA in Journalism/Rhetoric from the University of Iowa in 1997 and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2000. Nick has served as a member of both the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross and Classic Wine Auction in Portland, OR.