Managing Director, Development
As Managing Director of Development, Nelson Parker is responsible for the activities of Driftwood Capital’s development and construction teams, leading all aspects of new build hotel and mixed used development projects as well as overseeing project underwriting. He was previously Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Penn National Gaming, one of the largest hotel and casino companies in the world, where he was responsible for leading the company’s M&A, strategic ventures and real estate development projects. Nelson has also held positions at Hard Rock International, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Argosy Gaming Company.
Nelson grew up in Lake Ozark, MO (population 2,000), on which the popular Netflix series “Ozark” is based. He has a B.A. in business administration from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.
Nelson is often on the road, visiting Driftwood Capital’s various development projects. He resides in Orlando, FL with his wife and daughter and enjoys travel, boating, reading and cooking.