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Ralph Nelson has been involved in the design and construction of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for over 35 years. Normal business dealing with Owners, General Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Sub-Contractors and material suppliers involved mediation and arbitration techniques on a daily basis. He has served as Chief Engineer, Construction Manager, Owner’s Representative, and business owner. He is a Registered Professional Engineer as well as holding a Master Steamfitter (Contractor) and Master Heating and Air Conditioning (Contractor) licenses. He holds a LEED ® AP certificate and has experience in energy analysis, building code review and green construction techniques.

Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Construction Related Employment

Ray Martin Company of Omaha (One of the five largest mechanical contractors in the Omaha area employing 80 field employees)

Positions Held:
        President, Treasurer and Co-Owner
        Vice President, Treasure and Co-Owner
        Project Engineer

Responsible for increasing negotiated work from 0% to 40% and increasing total volume from $6,000,000 to $20,000,000 per year. Grew the Service and Special Projects division from $50,000 to $2,500,000 per year. Acted as project manager on $8,000,000 of volume in each of the past 5 years. Consistently one the of the five largest mechanical contractors in the Omaha market. Developed reputation as the most capable mechanical contractor for pre-construction services. Supervised transition to 3D AutoCad capabilities for coordination and as-built drawings. Added multi-discipline coordination capabilities (NavisWorks), specialized certifications such as LEED ® AP, medical gas verification and various equipment service certifications. Supervised logo and marketing updates in 1990 and 2009. Supervised website design in 2009.

Dana-Larson-Roubal and Associates
(National Architectural and Engineering firm)

Positions Held:
        Chief Engineer
        Chief Mechanical Engineer
        Project Mechanical Engineer

Advanced from Project Mechanical Engineer to Chief Engineer of a 400 employee Architectural and Engineering firm. Designed and supervised the design of engineering projects in 10 states. Maintained professional engineer registration in 10 states plus National Council of Engineering Examiners registration.

Professional Registrations
Professional Engineer –Mechanical
Current Registration

Previous Registrations
        South Dakota
        North Dakota
        New Mexico
        National Council of Engineering Examiners

LEED ® Applied Professional

State of Iowa Master Mechanical Contractor
City of Omaha         Master Steamfitting Contractor (Not Active)
City of Omaha         Master ACAD Contractor (Not Active)

Professional Societies

American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
Served in all Nebraska Chapter officer capacities including President

Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha
Served in all officer capacities including President
Served as chairman of negotiating committees with Plumber and Steamfitter Unions

Civic Positions
City of Omaha-Uniform Mechanical Code Review Committee

Served as a member and chairman of the committee that reviewed and authored local amendments to the Uniform Mechanical Code, the code that governs all mechanical construction in the City of Omaha. Served from 1982 thru 2009.

City of Omaha Plumbing Board
Technical licensing board for plumbing contractors operating in the City of Omaha.
Member of the Board, Three Year Term
Chairman, two years

City of Omaha ACAD Board
Technical licensing board for HVAC contractors operating in the City of Omaha
Member of the Board, Three Year Term
Chairman, two years

University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Committee
Provide industry guidance and input regarding curriculum and programs

Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Legislative Committee
Chairman of the Small Business Legislative Committee
Small Business Executive Council Member
Health Council Member

Omaha Public Schools
Reviewed building programs for contract and construction issues
Construction Advisory Committee

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training

Construction Disputes Resolution Services – 2010
        Advanced Arbitration
        Dispute Resolution Board

Nebraska Mediation Center - 2010
        Mediation Training