Meet Cole

Cole Nelson, President

Drake is founded by a second-generation general contractor, Cole Nelson. Growing up in Minnesota, Cole worked for his father’s commercial general contracting company. At 16, he won his first public bid on a middle school remodel. Quickly learning the value of hard work and business relationships, he worked on ground up retail centers, senior housing, and public projects before college. 

Cole then graduated with a Construction Management degree from NDSU and was recruited by a Mountain West startup, working side by side with the president running pre-construction on all projects.

Cole then worked as a Senior Project Manager for an established Denver developers/builders, managing projects ranging from $20M – $85M as both owner and developer. Taking a leading role in the company inspired Cole to found Drake Building and Development to meet the growing demand for multi-use properties in close-knit communities. Attracted to life in a small town, Cole felt deeply drawn to putting down roots in Montana. His goal is to bring his passion for construction into the local communities, aiding thoughtful expansion that preserves the original spirit of each town.

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