Chuck Nelson takes helm of WAC

January 4, 2012 — Former Boeing Classic Executive Director and college football commentator and analyst Chuck Nelson has been named the Washington Athletic Club’s next President & CEO, starting January 16. Nelson’s business skills and management experience, combined with his community involvement and sports background, were key factors in the hiring decision, according to WAC Chairman of the Board of Governors Rob Fleming.

“Chuck is the full package,” Fleming says. “His many accomplishments are well-known and impressive, but what really stands out is Chuck’s character, his leadership ability honed from years as an athlete, and his connection to and passion for the community around him. He’s a perfect fit for the WAC and for our future.”

As President & CEO, Nelson will lead the nation’s premier city athletic club—including five floors of athletic facilities, three restaurants, a day spa, wellness center and a 10-floor hotel—serving more than 13,000 members. The downtown clubhouse, located at Sixth and Union, was designated a city landmark by The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in 2009. The WAC is a community partner to Special Olympics Washington, The Boeing Classic, Seafair and the Seattle Police Foundation.

“I am honored to assume the role of President and CEO of the Washington Athletic Club,” Nelson says. “The WAC is a strong and storied institution in the Seattle community, and I am humbled to be a steward of its great history and excited to play a part in its future.”

Nelson’s extensive management experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Boeing Classic PGA tournament at Snoqualmie Ridge and as COO at Rigel Capital. Most recently, he served as VP at Sila Solutions, a business and technology consulting company. He is currently a director with the Seattle Sports Commission and Coastal Community Bank and is a member of the Community Board at Regence BlueShield of Washington. Nelson has been a member of the WAC since 1999 and ran the Boeing Classic tournament office out of the WAC clubhouse while serving as executive tournament director from 2004–2009.

Nelson is well-known for his football career. As a record-setting All-American UW placekicker, he went on to play five years in the NFL and was the gameday color analyst for the Husky football radio network from 1994–2010.

Nelson will take over for Jim Johnson, who is retiring after 15 years as WAC President & CEO. Johnson will serve as President Emeritus in the coming months to support the transition.

“I welcome Chuck Nelson as the new WAC President & CEO,” says Johnson. “I was on the founding board he chaired for the Boeing Classic, and he is a natural leader with values matching those of the WAC.”

About the Washington Athletic Club A designated Seattle Historical Landmark located in the heart of downtown Seattle since 1930, the Washington Athletic Club (WAC) is dedicated to continuously improving and enriching the lives of its members. As the nation’s premier city athletic club and hospitality organization, the WAC offers extensive state-of-the-art fitness facilities, along with lodging, dining, banquet, day spa and wellness services. The Washington Athletic Club is located at 1325 Sixth Avenue (at Union Street), Seattle, WA 98101. For more information, please visit or call 206-622-7900.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Pinson, VP Marketing & Membership
Washington Athletic Club
(206) 464-3092

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