Distinguished Speaker Series: Featuring Donnie Nelson

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
UNT Coliseum

Join us for an exclusive conversation with Donnie Nelson, General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks. This event is brought to you by the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series and is FREE and open to the public. Register by following the link below.


About Donnie Nelson

General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks

One of the most respected minds in the NBA, Donnie Nelson is involved in every aspect of the Mavericks basketball operations. Nelson, who owns 22 years of NBA experience, came to Dallas on Jan. 2, 1998 after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. Nelson was instrumental in rebuilding a team that suffered a decade-long playoff drought into a perennial playoff team and championship contender. Under Nelson the Mavericks have won 66.0% of their games with three 60+ win seasons, including a franchise-record 67-win season in 2007 which tied for the sixth best record in NBA history. The Mavericks are also one of just six NBA franchises to win 60 games or more three times in a five-year span. During his tenure, the Mavericks have made the playoffs seven consecutive seasons, been to the Western Conference Finals twice, reached a franchise milestone in 2006 when they advanced to the NBA Finals, and won their first Division Title in 20 years in 2007.

Nelson successfully coached the Mavericks while his father and former head coach Don Nelson was recovering from cancer surgery in 2000-01. Donnie led the team to a 15-8 record while serving as head coach. He was the top assistant to his father at Golden State, where he served the organization a total of eight seasons (1986-94). Nelson was also a regional scout for the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (1984-86).

About the Distinguished Speaker Series

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to learn from prominent executives and leaders in the business community.

Each month during the semester, a different speaker is brought to campus to offer new perspectives and first-hand information about the complexities of the business world. Past topics have included successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership.

These lectures enhance the educational experience of students in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow.