CEO, NEAL COMMUNITIES, SARASOTA
Neal, trained as a banker, founded his company 50 years ago. It has built about 15,000 homes in 103 completed communities primarily in Sarasota and Manatee counties, but also in Pinellas, Lee, Hillsborough, Charlotte and Collier counties. The firm employs 253. The organization, primarily a builder/developer, also builds home sites for other builders. Neal served in the Florida Senate from 1982-86 and was chairman of the appropriations committee and environment and natural resources committee. He has served as chairman of Florida TaxWatch and on the transition teams for Govs. Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.
|EDUCATION||University of Pennsylvania (BS)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I read a new book about once a week, devour a lot of literature and have books and bookshelves and stacks of books and things to read everywhere in my life.|
|FLORIDA ISSUE||We cannot let our state’s environment or infrastructure investment or governmental processes suffer in the face of 300,000 new Floridians annually.|
|PHILANTHROPIC PASSION||The American Enterprise Institute. I am funding an academic study into the world of work as in “work conquers poverty.”|