Kim NelsonIn April 2010, SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC) became one of the first successful IPOs since the recession began. The Wall Street Journal heralded SPS as an “obvious hit with investors” as its stock closed up 13%, selling more shares than expected. Days later, Kim Nelson and the executive team at SPS Commerce were ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Months of preparations had paid off, but as Nelson will share, it wasn’t easy.

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Kim Nelson. In this presentation, Nelson will share the process, challenges, lessons learned and strategies she undertook to pave the way for SPS’ eventual IPO. Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.

Master’s Pub

Friday, April 29, 2011
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, Room 201

Agenda
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:00 p.m.: Speaker
5:30 p.m.: Q&A
5:45 p.m.: Social time

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As SPS Commerce’s CFO since 2007, Nelson has helped SPS Commerce grow to become the largest trading partner integration center and a leader in on-demand supply chain management solutions. SPS’ services take advantage of the new breed of software, often referred to as cloud computing or Software-as-a-Service, and connects global trading partners like never before. The Minneapolis-based company has more than 38,000 customers across more than 40 countries and has had 40 consecutive quarters of increased revenues.

Prior to joining SPS Commerce, Nelson led Amazon.com’s investor relations department and held other financial leadership positions. During her seven years at Amazon, the company grew more than 400%. Before Amazon, she held financial management positions at Pillsbury (now General Mills) and Nestle’s beverage division. She has a bachelor of science in finance from Babson College, a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas and was named a 2010 CFO of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.