Scott Nelson began his career as a draftsman, estimator, and project manager with Hoppe Mfg. Co., where he was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 1984 he purchased the Architectural Woodwork Division of the company and renamed it Central Plains Millwork, Inc. (CPM). Scott has been an active member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) for over 35 years, serving as Board Treasurer and President. Scott retired from CPM in 2011 and is the current President of the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA), overseeing the continuing development of industry-wide woodwork machine skill standards and implementing employee/student credentialing programs for industry and education.