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Nelson Santini, Opteus Founder and Managing Partner

Nelson Santini

Opteus Founder | Managing Partner


Nelson Santini's Professional Bio

Nelson brings more than three decades of proven experience, having led numerous operations, business development, sales, marketing, and technology teams. His core specialties include corporate turnarounds, M&A transactions, business optimization, technology integrations, and high-value business consulting engagements across a range of industries.


His operational expertise includes AI integration, biometrics, MFA, cybersecurity systems integration, blockchain and NFT business implementation, deployment of data centers, advanced KPI data driven business optimization, complex technical solutions selling and capture management of Federal acquisition regulation (FAR) contracts. He has secured large, multi-year DoD contracts; capturing over $2B in strategic program sales in his career.


While running Opteus, Nelson founded and exited several startups. He held prior executive positions at Envistacom, Convoko, Bridgeline Digital, Internap, Rockwell Collins, DataPath, Tandberg Television, and National Oilwell Varco.


Nelson Santini graduated cum laude from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering followed by a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He served seven years in the US Navy as a submarine weapons officer on Trident submarines.

Nelson Santini's CV

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