Tony Manuelli

Chief Financial Officer
Tony Manuelli

Tony is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the firm by providing financial leadership throughout the organization. His efforts to create and lead a high-performance financial team that serves as a resource to all NELSON offices is directly responsible for year over year improvements in the firm’s overall performance.

Tony’s deep experience as a financial executive with firms that provide creative professional services gives him a strong understanding of the key elements that impact NELSON’s financial operations, including revenue projection and recognition, utilization and cash flow, mergers and acquisitions and international operations. Prior to joining NELSON, Tony served as CFO for Carat USA, a media buying, planning and consulting agency with 500 employees and $95 million in revenue. Much like NELSON, his work included analyzing utilization tied to staffing plans and partnering with Account teams to establish efficiency and value in pricing managed fee and project work. Tony’s 25-year career has also included time with advertising/marketing giants Deutsch Inc. and Saatchi & Saatchi, and he exercised his entrepreneurial muscles as an early employee with Metro Mobile CTS, a start-up cellular company that was eventually acquired by Verizon.

NELSON has always been a firm that understands its clients’ businesses and the corporate objectives that drive them.  With Tony’s strong focus on the value of running a financially responsible business for NELSON, he has enabled us to gain even greater insights to our clients operations and the ways in which our services and their real estate can provide additional value.

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.



Creating NEw Opportunities

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Effective November 1, 2016, AAI Design has merged operations with NELSON. The fourth merger on the west coast for NELSON, this deal brings the regional count to over 80 and brings the total number of west coast offices to five.



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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 


FOCUSING on music and design

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Looking for a fresh new concept that not only captured elements of the music industry but also the city of Minneapolis, Pandora Internet Radio turned to NELSON to provide interior design services for the renovation of their existing office in the IDS Tower.


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NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Officially Join Operations, establish the Southeastearn USA as a “Super Region”.


NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Join Operations


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Fieldglass commissioned NELSON to redesign space with a focus on the creation of a more collaborative work environment allowing for a more efficient workflow.

Fieldglass Inc


creating design that "takes off" 

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Gogo commissioned NELSON to create a final workplace solution that would allow for aggressive growth and flexibility while considering new ways of working in a collaborative space.