Charles "Nick" Nickell


North Gwinnett

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Video Introduction

About Me

Hi!  My name is Nick and here is my story.   I’ll begin with my name…my given name is Charles, but my parents always called me “Nick”.  So Nick Nickell it is!
I met my wife Dana in my 4th year of college (while at the U.S. Naval Academy) and she was a sophomore in high school.  Yes, I robbed the cradle!  From that first “blind” date I knew she was the one, and we have been married more than 45 years.  She is a very patient lady!
After graduation from the Naval Academy I spent the next 8 years as a navy nuclear officer, operating nuclear propulsion plants on the sea and on land (strangely enough). The next 30 plus years were spent constructing and operating nuclear projects for the Department of Energy.  More recently I participated in a small business (ProRoofing) startup with my wife Dana and two of my sons.  That was a very satisfying experience for me.  
Dana and I moved to Buford, Georgia 2 years ago to be closer to our 4 grandchildren, but never imagined that we would develop relationships as close as we had with our South Carolina friends of more than 30 years.  God has blessed our transition to the greater Atlanta area by bringing us into the fellowship of a wonderful church, including a loving and encouraging small group with 4 other couples.
I met Gary Smith at our church and he invited me to visit Iron Forums in early 2023.  I immediately knew this was where God wanted me to be.  I look forward to learning about new ways to serve Iron Forums and the young business leaders that I meet.
I love playing golf, as it provides a physical and mental challenge every time I swing the club.  Golf can also be a terrific way to meet and learn more about other men, both young and old.  I tell people that I took a 30 year time out from golf to raise a family of 3 boys and a girl.  Since they are now adults (some with their own kids), I’ve come back to golf.
Here is my crazy family at our recent beach vacation.

Business Expertise

After 8 years as a navy nuclear officer, I constructed nuclear projects and operated nuclear facilities for the Department of Energy.  Those positions included:
Director of Design and Commissioning for the Mixed Oxide (Plutonium and Uranium) fuel fabrication facility with P&L responsibility for $500M in equipment.
Director of the DOE’s Nuclear Material Disposition Project in South Carolina with a workforce of over 650 personnel and a $200M annual budget.
Operations and Engineering Director positions for numerous DOE nuclear chemical processing facilities.
Recently I served as the Compliance Manager for my son’s roofing company startup.  This consisted of meeting all regulatory requirements including licensing, permitting, liability insurance, workers compensation insurance, etc.  While interfacing with regulatory agencies was challenging, it was a pure joy to work with and help my sons launch what has become a very successful roofing company.


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Images of my Family and Interests

Fun Facts


I remember a pastor made the following statement when I was in high school. He said, “Your life is not determined by what you want, but by the choices you are about to make.”  That was great advice for a young person starting college, marriage, and career. 

Favorite Book

I read the book Halftime by Bob Buford early in my career. It helped me keep the right priorities in my life. 

Things I'm Working On

I want to continue to spend quality time with my children and grandchildren in order to leave a lasting Godly legacy to them. 


Travel, photography, golf, and collecting ancient coins from the time of the Bible.

#1 Business Accomplishment

I was CFO of a public company several years ago when we sold our business to one of our competitors. After the deal was completed, I had the CEO of the company that bought us tell me that the reason they paid a premium for our company was because they trusted me and believed what I was telling them. 

Bucket List

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Wedding Anniversary


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