Steven “Cash” Nickerson is Chairman of AKKA North America’s Business Unit. He was President, CFO, General Counsel, and the second largest shareholder of PDS Tech prior to its purchase by AKKA Technologies in 2018. Nickerson has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 30-year career, including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block (one of Chicago’s five largest law firms), and chairman and CEO of an internet company he took public through a reverse merger. He brings his extensive knowledge of the North American aerospace market and his network of top tier clients to the AKKA Group.
An avid writer and speaker on the workplace, the jobs, economy, and employment, Nickerson is the author of BOOMERangs, Engaging the Aging Workforce in America (2014), StagNation, Understanding the New Normal in Employment (2013), Getting To Next, Lessons to Help Take Your Career to The Next Level (2015), and Listening as a Martial Art (2015). He also writes travel books including A Texan in Tuscany (2013).
Cash Nickerson holds a JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an editor of the law review and a recipient of the US Steel Scholarship. He is a member of the National Council of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. Nickerson serves on the Equifax Workforce Solutions Client Advisory Board and was Keynote speaker at the Equifax 2013 Client Forum. Nickerson was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 by Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and a Founders Day Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. He received the Global Philanthropy Award in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. Nickerson was elected the Ethan A. H. Shepley Trustee at Washington University in St. Louis in December 2014 for a four year term.
Cash Nickerson is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Illinois, Nebraska, and Texas and is a member of the American, Los Angeles, Austin, and Dallas Bar Associations. He is an avid martial artist, ranked as a third-degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a Russian Martial Art instructor at his school, Big D Systema in Dallas.
Mr. Nickerson has appeared on numerous talk radio shows including NPR, The Joe Elliot Show, Americas Evening News, Lifestyle Talk Radio, The Lifestyle Show, Conversations with Peter Solomon, Ringside Politics, The Dave Malarkey Show, The Morning Show, and The Costa Report.