Olin MBA alumnus, Steven Cash Nickerson, JD, president and CFO of PDS Tech Inc. of Irving, Texas, was elected as a new Ethan A.H. Shepley Trustee for a four-year term ending in December 2018 by the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees on Dec. 5.
Nickerson (JD ’85, MBA ’93) has led PDS Tech Inc. for 11 years. PDS Tech is one of the largest engineering and IT staffing firms in the United States, employing more than 10,000 people annually.
During his 30-year career, he has held a variety of legal and executive positions, including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad; an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of Chicago’s five largest law firms; and chairman and CEO of an Internet company he took public through a reverse merger.
Nickerson earned a law degree and a master’s in business administration from Washington University, where he was an editor of the law review and a recipient of a U.S. Steel scholarship. Licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas, he is a member of the American, Los Angeles and Dallas bar associations.
An active alumnus, he serves as chair of both the North and Central Texas Regional Campaign as well as chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Cabinet. He is a member of the School of Law’s National Council and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute’s International Council.
Nickerson received a global philanthropy award from the university in 2010 for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Law in 2013, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university in 2014.
He is an avid martial artist, ranked as a third-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and is a Russian martial arts instructor.
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