Lakewood Ranch, Fla. – The NAACP recently named Pat Neal, President and CEO of Neal Communities, the “Outstanding Business Person” for 2013. The organization, active in Manatee County for more than 50 years, takes pride in recognizing leaders who are instrumental in the continued success of their community.
“It is a very special honor to be recognized by the NAACP,” said Pat Neal. “I am humbled by this award, and I am proud to be associated with such an important cause and a worthy organization.”
Neal was chosen along with five other leaders to be celebrated at the 2013 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. There were six honorees in several categories, including: retired educator Versia Pollard with the Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Palmetto Police Chief, Rick Wells, with the Community Service Award, activist Adriana Cerrillo as the Unsung Heroine and Henry Blyden as the Unsung Hero, and Rodney Jones with the Presidential Award.
“When it came time to choose the honorees, it was a fairly easy decision. We looked for people who make great contributions to society, like Pat Neal,” said Tarnisha Cliatt, executive committee member of the NAACP Manatee County Chapter. “Even after his term in the Senate, he has continued to supply his community with tools for success; he is an advocate for local economic development. What really stayed with us is how involved he’s remained. He’s a hands-on civic leader, and the ideal recipient for the 2013 NAACP Outstanding Business Person Award.”
Neal Communities was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked #1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #64 nationally among homebuilders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 9,000 homes in Southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. John Neal Homes, Neal Signature Homes, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 29 Parade of Homes 2013 awards, 49 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards, and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.nealcommunities.com.