Angela Gill Nelms

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Angela spends her time strategically leading the development of advanced software to improve clinical trial execution efficiency, traveling the world, studying Mandarin, cycling Atlanta, testing new breweries, leading and participating in various boards, and most importantly - mothering Reanna, SmilesGirl. She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as a single mother, with Highest Honors and a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. She now serves on the External Advisory Board of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Angela spent 7 years as a Field Clinical Engineer at Medtronic followed by 2.5 years in Clinical Research at the Emory University School of Medicine. She loved her work with heart patients and found great joy in participating in improving their quality of life through the testing and development of advanced medical devices and therapies.  Angela is now the COO at Florence charged with strategically guiding the direction of the company, creating a "Best Place to Work" culture, driving core products, ensuring successful product implementation, delivering white glove customer service and making sure clinical teams around the world are successful.

Angela has completed 6 IRONMAN 140.6 Triathlons, 4 IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons, 5 Marathons (outside of the marathons IN the Ironman races), and was previously awarded her IRONMAN Certified Coach and USAT Level I certifications. She has taken a hiatus from triathlons to relearn Mandarin, work on her pilot's certificate, and mentor her daughter through high school life.

During her travels around the world she has slept in a monk's quarters at the base of Everest Base Camp and drank coffee at sunrise viewing the magical mountain, spent a week kayaking in the Amazon, hiked in Chile, Argentina, and Brasil, kayaked in Alaska and Canada, walked on the Great Wall of China, completed mission trips in Mozambique, Zambia, and Haiti, visited a friend's brewery in Antigua, Guatamala, and spent time enjoying the views of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. Angela is an avid audiobook 'reader' with a focus on inspirational stories and autobiographies. Her favorite mantra is "Be Brave. Be Badass." and favorite quotes are "Anything worth doing is worth doing well" and "If it were easy then everyone would do it".  ​Every day she reminds herself that, "You only live once. Make it count." She is a known perfectionist passionate about being her best and empowering those around to to reach the same goals.

A mother, engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, student pilot, and world traveler bringing diversity to BADASS!​