Scott Barricks Nilsson

Curriculum Vitae



Professional Experience


Operations experience includes: executive, administrative and physical assets management; operations systems analysis and improvement; risk management; information technology; web site content and efficacy; marketing and public relations; special event development, organization and execution; staff and organizational development; and, creative problem solving.  Scott has twenty-years experience working with a nonprofit Board of Directors, and has strong business and creative writing skills.   


March 2006 - Present

Scott consults on a pro-bono basis for select nonprofit organizations and artists on business operations. During 2006, Scott co-authored a coming-of-age comedy that is currently in preparation with industry editors for promotion to production companies.


February 2005 - February 2006

New Business Venture

In January 2005, Scott was invited to pursue a start-up business venture in partnership with his brother, a CPA and Senior Manager for ten years at a Big-Four public accounting firm, and later a senior financial executive for a multi-billion dollar corporation.  Having made a full time commitment, Scott resigned his position as Executive Director at Briarcliff Oaks, a senior housing ministry of Clairmont Oaks, Inc., and concurrently resigned positions on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging ( and on the House of Delegates of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging ( in Washington, DC.

Due to a variety of circumstances beyond the control of the principals, including promotion of his partner's spouse to Senior Vice President of a four billion dollar multinational - which precluded a planned return to Atlanta, it was determined after a year of start-up operations that the logistical complexity of initiating and conducting operations interstate was insurmountable.  Scott and his brother ended operations in February 2006.  During the intervening year, a successful joint-venture within the partnership was completed in Ohio, and Scott served as consulting-designer for the physical space for a new business opening in metropolitan Atlanta in the summer of 2006.


April 1981 through January 2005

Affordable Senior Housing and Services Ministry / 501(c)(3)

Clairmont Oaks, Inc. – Atlanta, Georgia                                April 1981 through January 2005

Positions included Executive Director, Administrator and Physical Plant Director.

Received Flame of Excellence Award in January 2005.

Clairmont Oaks, Inc. is a nonprofit, affordable housing and services ministry promoting successful aging in a caring community.  Clairmont Oaks, Inc., owns and operates two HUD-affiliated high quality high-rise apartment for low income senior adults.

In January 2005, Scott's residents, staff and Board of Directors celebrated his nearly twenty-four years of service to Clairmont Oaks, Inc. and to the field of nonprofit affordable senior housing and services.


Briarcliff Oaks – Executive Director                                    August 1998 through January 2005

Facility:  125 Units, 7 Stories, 100,000 Square Feet

Direct Report to Board of Directors.  Staff of eleven, including direct reports: Associate Director, Director of Accounting and Finance, Director of Resident Services, Social Services Coordinator, Physical Plant Director, Courtesy Staff (Security) Supervisor.

Responsible for all aspects of operations and administrative management:

·    Operating and Capital Budgets

·    Resident Social Services

·    Risk Management and Life Safety

·    Educational and Recreational Programs

·    Human Resources

·    Physical Asset & Maintenance Management

·    Customer Service

·    Computer & Telecommunications Systems

Significant accomplishments include:

Social Services Programs   Created federal-grant supported full-time staff position in 2001 coordinating community health and wellness resources supporting the special needs of older adults and allowing them to remain in their home and "age-in-place".  In 2004, a partnership with Sierra Wellness added physical assessments and supervised, personal exercise and fitness training – at no cost to the organization or to the residents.

Professional Staff Development   Implemented perpetual, certified, external professional education and training for all levels of staff – front line to offices: security, reception, maintenance, social services, activities, accounting, administrative and executive.

Operating Income / Occupancy   Increased rent income 41% while sustaining 100% occupancy.  Increased laundry services income over 100% with decreased operations costs.

Expense Management   Effective risk management and physical maintenance resulted in substantially below-trend increases in insurance costs and deferral of capital replacements to maximize value of existing assets.

Capital Reserves   Effected over one million dollars in capital replacements and improvements while increasing Reserve deposits over four hundred percent (renovations included occupied asbestos abatement and window replacements in one hundred percent of apartment homes).  Achieved completion of twenty-four years of operations in Superior physical condition within operations and existing reserve funds, with no additional financing.

Risk Management, Inspections and Audits   Operations were subjected to over thirty rigorous routine inspections, audits and evaluations per year by municipal, state, federal, insurance, life safety and fire services agencies and professionals - Briarcliff Oaks

routinely secured the highest scores possible.  Some of the 2004 results:

- HUD Management and Operations Review (MOR): "Superior".  A comprehensive two-day federal compliance inspection of all key operations, management and record keeping practices.

- HUD Real Estate Assessment Center Physical (REAC) Inspection: Score "100".  An exhaustive federal compliance inspection for risk management, life safety and asset protection issues covering apartments, physical plant and life safety systems, and record keeping for all areas of facility operations.  Scores of "100" are extremely rare for REAC inspections.

- DeKalb County Department of Health, Food Service Inspection: Score "100".

Organizations from the State Department of Labor to the insurance agencies as well as consulting fire and life safety practices inspectors – and the residents and their families - always noted the exceptional overall condition and level of care of all aspects of the property and operations.


Clairmont Oaks – Physical Plant Director                             August 1986 through August 1998

Facility:  298 Units, 14 Stories, 275,000 Square Feet.  Staff of five direct reports.

Direct Report to Executive Director, attended all Board Meetings, participant in cross-property Central Management Team.

·   Staff of five direct reports

·   Physical Asset Management

·   Operating & Capital Budgets

·   Facility Maintenance

·   Purchasing & Accounts Payable

·   Payroll Management

·   Physical Plant: planning, scheduling 

    & execution

·   Vendors & Contract Service Providers:

    bid negotiations, engagement, oversight

·   Computer & Telecommunications Systems

Renovation Management (six+ million dollar renovation)               December 1994 to July 1997

Oversight, support, and coordination of structural  enhancements, including addition of elevator tower with new laundry rooms and sun lobbies on each floor, and asbestos abatement and renovation of all resident apartment homes.  Received commendation, bonus and substantial pay increase.

Acting Administrator (during Administrator's five month leave)                 February to July 1992

Staff of eleven direct reports; responsibility for all areas of operations, with strong staff support.


Professional Affiliations

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)

1984 to 2005

·   (National) House of Delegates – Governance adjunct to (National)

     Board of Directors.  Re-nominated for 2005-06 Term.

2003, 2004

Resigned: Jan 2005

Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (GAHSA)

1984 to 2005

·   GAHSA Board of Directors

Term: 2002-2005

·   GAHSA Executive Committee – Board of Directors


    Re-nominated to Board and Executive Committee, 2005-07 Term

Resigned: Jan 2005

·   Communications Committee – Chair (created committee)

    Technology Plan, Website, Listservs, Business Connections Online


·   Shared Services Committee – Chair

2002, 2003

·   HUD Administrator's Forum – Facilitator

2001, 2002, 2003

·   HUD Administrator's Forum – Co-Facilitator

    (transition to new Facilitator)


·   GAHSA Business Connection – Fundraising & Vendor Partnerships

2000 to 2005

·   Annual Conference Planning Committee

1997 through 2003

·   Continuum of Care Committee

2001 and 2002

GAHSA Institute on Aging – Atlanta, GA

1988 to 2005

·   Board of Directors


·   Education and Professional Development Committee

2003, 2004

Employee Benefits Advisory Council (EBAC)

1999 to 2005

·   National advisory group for Human Resources benefits evaluations 

Wellington Buckhead Condominium Association – Atlanta, GA

1984, 1985

·   Board of Directors – President


Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA)

1984 to 2005

·   formerly Southeastern Association of HUD Managing Agents 

American Association of Energy Engineers – Atlanta, GA

1989 to 1998


Professional Recognition

Clairmont Oaks, Inc. – Atlanta, GA


Flame of Excellence – 2005


Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – Atlanta, GA


Distinguished Service Award – 2004


Southeastern Association of HUD Managing Agents


Employee of the Year – 1996



Community Service

(other than Professional Affiliations)

Athens-to-Atlanta (International Athletic Event) – Atlanta, GA (consulting only: 2003-05)

1990 – 2006
·   25th Anniversary Event - Senior Event Coordination Management Team


·   Leukemia Lymphoma Society Fundraising Partner (1981 – 2004)
·   Transition Director to new corporation, GIRSA, above


·   Event Co-Organizer & Co-Director: Raised over $500,000 per year2000, 2001, 2002

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre – Atlanta, GA

2005, 2006

·   Facilities Management, Capital Projects Committees

2005, 2006

Georgia International Road Skate Association (GIRSA) – Atlanta, GA


·   Fundraising Partner for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society 

·   Organization Creation: 501c3 Incorporation Documents and ByLaws.

    Development included Board of Directors, six critical committees and

    organizational systems


Atlanta Dance Institute – Atlanta, GA    Stage Manager

2002, 2003

Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital – Atlanta, GA

·   Ritz Carlton-Atlanta Dance Institute Fundraiser – Stage Manager


Charleston Ballet Theatre / Videographer – Charleston, SC

2000 – 2001

Easter Seals Development Committee – SE regional fundraising event

2000 – 2001

Georgia Special Olympics – child development volunteer

1991 – 1994

Other volunteer community and fundraising efforts include – Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Olympic Games, Barking Dog Theatre, Columbia City Ballet, The Costume Studio (Atlanta & New York), Georgia State University, Indianapolis Ballet, Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, and the Women’s Resource Center to Combat Domestic Violence.


Prior Real Estate Management Experience

Wellington Buckhead Condominium Association – Atlanta, GA

1984 – 1996

·    Professional Management

1986 – 1996

·    Board of Directors – President


Dresden Place Apartments – Atlanta, GA

1981 – 1984

·    Leasing Agent


Commercial Real Estate Marketing – Atlanta, GA

1980 – 1984

·    Produced professional brochures resulting in sales of both high rise

     and garden apartment complexes, and high-end residential sales


Prior Employment Experience

Russell's Horticulture – South Salem, NY

·    Renovation of 100+ year-old, hand-sawn house and nursery


Ruelle's (a Manhattan Bistro at 73rd & Columbus) – New York, NY


·    Assistant Manager 

Studio54 – New York, NY

1978 – 1979

·    Positions included: Assistant Manager, Front Door and Busboy (while 
     at NYU); Third-Shift Crew Manager for first renovation of Studio 54 

Betty Williams Studio – New York, NY

 Fall 1977

·    Produced costumes for the Philadelphia Opera and other contracts 

Atlanta Ballet – Atlanta, GA   

Summer 1977

·    Dancer - Professional Contract, on tour 

Good Ol' Days – Atlanta, GA

Summer 1976

·    Bartender 

Indianapolis Ballet / Jordan Dance Theatre – Indianapolis, IN

1973 – 1974

·    Positions included Technical Director, Stage Manager; and, Contract Dancer 
South Carolina Education Television – Columbia, SC


·    Intern - Camera Operation and Boom Microphone 

Columbia City Ballet (Ann Brodie's Original Company) – Columbia, SC

1968 – 1972

·    Dancer - Apprentice/Trainee 


Indiana University – Bloomington, IN          GPA 3.8

1974 – 1977

·   Associate of Science, with High Distinction 
         at Graduation with A.S., completed Junior Year as Double Major 
·   Academic Merit & School of Music Merit Scholarships


·   Honor Student: Five Semesters 

New York University – New York, NY                                              GPA 3.6

1977, 1978

·   Tisch School of the Arts – Additional studies 

·   School of the Arts Merit Scholarship


Ford Foundation Scholarship - Columbia City Ballet (Adjudication by Violette Verdy)

1972, 1973

Ford Foundation Scholarship - School of American Ballet (Adjudication by Violette Verdy; unused)


National Center for Housing Management – Washington, DC


·   Registered Housing Manager

·   Certified Housing Manager

·   Site Based Budgeting Specialist

·   Certified Maintenance Manager

·   Certified Occupancy Specialist


Quadel Corporation – Certified Assisted Housing Manager


American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – Washington, DC


·   Completed RHP/Retirement Housing Professional coursework. 

Extensive Professional Education: Real Estate Management, Human Resources, Risk Management, Financial Operations (Budget, Capital Schedules, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, etc.) and Legal issues, as well as specialty training related to housing and services for the elderly, low income clients.

Public Speaking

Extensive experience with public speaking for large forums and for small groups in intimate settings, as well as with leading and facilitating groups, moderating conference sessions, participating in panel sessions, conducting awards ceremonies and lecture demonstrations.

Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging 


·   HUD Administrators’ Forums – Co-Facilitator


·   HUD Administrators’ Forums – Facilitator

2001, 2002, 2003

·   Annual Conference – Moderator (multiple sessions)

1998 – 2004

·   Annual Conference – Facilitator

2001, 2003

·   Joint Annual State Conference – South Carolina/Georgia


    - Co-Presenter – Award of Honor


    - HUD Forum – Moderator/Facilitator w/Regional HUD Directors


    - Fair Housing Institute/Kathelene Coughlin – Moderator/Facilitator


Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association


·   Guest Speaker: Neighborhood Networks (Computer Learning Centers for Seniors


Southeastern Association of HUD Managing Agents


·   Guest Speaker: Purchasing Panel





References Upon Request


Scott Nilsson

 3510 Roswell Road NW L-2 • Atlanta, Georgia 30305 • Phone 404.261.4326





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