Senior Vice President / Market Leader - Mid-South Region

Kurt Nelson serves as Senior Vice President overseeing the firm’s expanding presence in the Memphis, Nashville, and Cincinnati markets for Hillwood Investment Properties. Kurt brings over two decades of experience in industrial real estate development. Based in Memphis, Kurt opened Hillwood Investment Properties’ 5th U.S. office in the Fall of 2014. 


Kurt’s team has acquired land and buildings in multiple markets across Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio. The team handles development projects from entitlement all the way through construction completion and lease-up. Kurt was previously with IDI Gazeley, where he served as Senior Vice President and Regional Director, leading the company’s Memphis office for the majority of his 19-year tenure. Prior to joining IDI Gazeley in 1995, Kurt was at CB Commercial and NationsBank. 

Kurt holds brokers licenses in Tennessee and Mississippi, is an SIOR Developer Associate, a NAIOP Forum member, President of the Memphis Commercial Real Estate Owners Alliance, and a member of Lambda Alpha land economics honorary society.  Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. He and his family reside in Memphis.