Patrick K. Neal
Chairman, Executive Committee, Neal Communities, Sarasota
Neal Communities 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, which Neal founded more than 50 years ago, employs 270. Neal is a former state senator. 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)|
|WOULD CHANGE ABOUT FLORIDA||I wish we would invest a dedicated stream of revenue (as we did in the 1990s) to purchase land on behalf of the citizens of the state in order to preserve our historic heritage or our beaches or environmentally significant features or beautiful physiographic features.|
|ADMIRES||Syd Kitson. Syd is a real estate developer who believes in the higher values of our profession: Placemaking, energy saving, education, new technology and learning, sustainability.|
|READING||The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels|