July 2017 Magazines - Page 39

Meet the Neighbor By Callie Thomas never really given much thought to working in the the situation you may be in, but rather, how nonprofit sector, but when they called, I was inter- you perceive it. There are those that take ested. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. immediate action to seize what they see as an That first year was tough, but we made it through opportunity, while others hope that the event pass- and are financially strong today.” es quickly. No life is without challenge, yet Cory Nelson consistently sees the glass half full. As the For Nelson, Blind Center of Nevada isn’t like President of the Blind Center of Nevada he’s had a working in your “normal” corporate job. “Every vision for the organization and those that benefit day is an experience, and that’s one reason I love it from its programs. That spirit has led to people so much. Members have told me that going blind finding hope, learning independence and pursuing had put them in a dark place and that the Blind their fullest potential. It has also led to the devel- opment of the Visions of Greatness Center, a new $8 million, 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art building where its members will call home in January of 2018. These achievements are the sum of a succession of positive choices that Nelson has made along the way. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Oregon in 1991, Nelson found himself in the same predicament as other graduates of the era. “It was a rough economic time and many of us strug- gled to find that first job,” he recalled. “Luckily I found a job at a small entrepreneurial consumer products company in Southern California. It had some really bright people from whom I could learn and grow in the business world.” Nelson moved up in the ranks to become Vice President of Marketing where he helped develop products, marketing programs, and sales. After the company was sold, the management team eventually left to Center has literally saved their life. That is both gratifying and humbling. You have helped this person but you also feel the responsibility and gravity of helping the next person that comes to the center and is struggling.” Despite the daily challenges that blindness brings to its members, P ERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING . SOMETIMES IT ’ S NOT ABOUT the atmosphere at the center is filled with happi- ness and laughter, “They are grateful for what they have and live life to the fullest. In fact, the Blind Center even has two performing musical groups.” Blind Allegiance is a choir and Broken Spectacles is an alternative rock band. One of Nelson’s most memorable experiences is seeing the Broken Spectacles play at the House of Blues. “I had the opportunity to join them on stage to play cowbell on a Coldplay song. They are a rocking six-piece band, and the future of the band is very bright.” As a husband and father of six, Cory Nelson has a full life outside of his work at the center. He and his wife of 31 years and the family spend time on the brought my family and I here 11 years ago,” he tennis c W'BB^( 26ffVBvF06B( gFW"FR&VW7FFR&WB7&6VBvR6W&6VrVRfBVVB@66VBFR6( Bv2BFBFRFB&V6R6Vb&VƖB( FvfR&62FBf"Ц7VF6RFR&&BbF&V7F'2BFR&ƖBv&B6vf"vB2&VVvfVF6VFW"bWfF&6VBV6( FWvW&RV6bW2B2vb6vrw&FGVFRf rf"Wr&W6FVBBF&RW7BBvBvRfR( )x`FWfV&VW7FFR2fVv2( FB2v@VǒVwW7B#p3