2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
San Francisco
Conference Nov 8-11
Expo Nov 8-10

Joy Nelson

Photo: Joy  Nelson
Joy Nelson
Haugan Nelson Realty


Joy Nelson, broker-owner of Haugan Nelson Realty in Watertown, S.D. has been a REALTOR® for 35 years. She was a 2018 Good Neighbor Award winner. Nelson serves on the Governor’s Board of Economic Development, Sanford Medical Board of Directors, South Dakota Hall of Fame inductee, National ALDE award, and Congressional Challenge coin recipient. Nelson founded the 126-acre Joy Ranch as a way to spread her love of open land and horses with others in her community. This fully ADA-accessible ranch is a place where people of any ability can go horseback riding and enjoy various other outdoor activities, without being limited by medical concerns. The ranch also provides equine therapy for kids and adults with disabilities and psycological challenges, along with veterans suffering from PTSD.Over the course of her career, she has had a profound impact on her community, none of which are greater than her gift of Joy Ranch to South Dakota. Joy Nelson embodies NAR’s “That’s Who We Are” motto.