Bruce received his BSBA in Accounting from the University of North Dakota in 1971. That same year, he joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. in Minneapolis. In 1975, he formed Thompson and Nordstrom, CPA's in Flagstaff and by 1988 he emerged to head Nordstrom and Associates, CPA's. Bruce was awarded the Arizona Society of CPA's Public Service Award in 1998 and in 2002 received the Arizona Society of CPA's Life Member Award for service to the profession. In 1990 Bruce was president of the Arizona Society of CPA's.
Bruce is an advocate of community involvement and leadership. He serves as a role model by balancing the responsibilities of firm leadership with his continued commitment to active participation within the community. Bruce has numerous professional and civic affiliations and during his career has been a member of the Council of the American Institute of CPA's and is a past director of the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, he serves as director of the Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and Arizona Public Service Company. He also stays active as director and past chair of the University Medical Center in Tucson and past chair of the Flagstaff Forty.