our team


Gary Nelson

President and Founder + Owner

Acceleration Indiana, Inc. 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University

Stanford University Executive Program

Extensive Self-Study in the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Field


Master Trainer

CPR and First Aid

Licensed Professional Engineer (Indiana)


Acceleration Indiana, founder 1993

Acceleration Indiana Trainer 1997-Present

Athletic Republic National Advisory Council

Permanent Member

Dick Vraa Memorial Award in 2002 for Outstanding Leader

2011 Founders Award for Contribution to Athletic Republic Network

Automotive Technology and Business Strategy Consultant 1996-present

Cummins Engine Co. over 30 years (Retired)

VP Research and Development and Chief Technical Officer

VP Engineering

VP Product and Market Planning and Strategy

Leadership and Coaching Youth Ice Hockey Over 30 years

Personal Interests:

Watching NDSU (Bison) Football, 6-Time Division 1 FCS National Champions

Has played many sports: Ice Hockey, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Running for 40+ years, Weight Training, and Hunting



John Gangnon

Trainer – Northside 

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

Indiana University


Currently getting NASM certification


18 year hockey career



Personal Interests:

My favorite holiday is Independence Day

I love to golf, and I recently went skydiving

David Nelson

Vice President and Co-Owner

Since 1993

B.A. in Business Administration
Concordia College in Moorehead, MN

USA Hockey Level 3
Level 3 Athletic Republic

CPR and First Aid

Athletic Accomplishments:

Columbus East H.S. Soccer
Columbus Icemen H.S. Hockey All-Star, All State
Culver Military Academy A Team
Concordia College Varsity Hockey

Triple Crown Roller Hockey:
All-American Goalie 1994
National Champion 1994

Adult Hockey Indy League

Member of Cheetah Club: 20.6 mph
Maxed out the Hockey Treadmill (at 5% elevation) = 17.4 mph

Personal Interests:

Hobbies: consist of Coaching and Playing Hockey

Favorite Athlete: Gordie Howe

Favorite Foods: Spicy Foods, Coffee, and Ice Cream

Ashley Tofani

Trainer – Westside

Major: Exercise Science

Indiana University/Purdue University

Alec Lohman

Trainer – Northside and Westside 

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

University of Indianapolis

Work Experience:

Helped with UIndy Strength Coach

Coached multiple youth sports teams


  • University of Indianapolis

    • Football​ (RB)

  • Mount Vernon High School

    • Football​

    • Basketball


CPR and First-Aid

Fun Facts:

In Cheetah Club at Acceleration Indiana

North Carolina is his favorite state

Has a bearded dragon named Ron