LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Today, Professional Builder has named Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com), southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, the 49th builder to receive its esteemed 2015 Builder of the Year award.
Each year, Professional Builder, North America’s leading business publication dedicated to the home building industry, presents this prestigious and sought-after award to only one builder whose innovative ideas and business results represent the best in home building.
“Our consistent goal is to combine the discipline, efficiency, skill and processes of a publicly owned homebuilder with the agility, customer care and attention to detail of a private builder,” says Pat Neal, founder and CEO of Neal Communities. “To be recognized for excellence with this respected award is a special honor that we are humbled and pleased to accept.”
The Builder of the Year award was established in 1965, with the first award recipient announced the following year. Fifty years later, the program continues its objective of acknowledging homebuilders. Professional Builder’s editors select the winning firm, with input from a select group of industry executives.
“With closings approaching 1,000 homes in 2015, Neal Communities did better coming out of the downturn than many companies did during the boom,” says Professional Builder editorial director Denise Dersin. “Neal’s focus on acquiring the best land and creating sustainable communities, along with its ability to hire — and keep — one of the best teams in the business has made it one of Florida’s fastest-growing homebuilders.”
With a footprint that spans approximately 170 miles north and south along Florida’s coveted Gulf Coast, Neal Communities has a unique perspective on how to operate successfully in the market while contributing to the economic development of the communities it serves.
“At Neal Communities, our entire team is deeply committed to improving the lives of the people we serve with superior customer service, products and value,” says Neal. “We do this by incorporating family values, integrity and professionalism in all that we do. I could not be more proud of our dedicated team of exceptional homebuilding professionals who inspire me to work harder every day.”
The Neal Communities executive team was honored during an awards luncheon at Professional Builder’s Housing Giants Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. in October. Past winners include Goodall Homes in Nashville, Tenn., David Weekley Homes in Houston, Texas, Toll Brothers in Horsham, Pa., DSLD Homes in Denham Springs, La. and Jagoe Homes in Owensboro, Ky.
“This is the Academy Awards in homebuilding,” says Michael Storey, president of Neal Communities. “This isn’t an award we applied for or sought out. It’s an award we are extremely proud of and one our skilled, professional and loyal team made possible.”
Michael Greenberg, president of Neal’s southern division covering Lee and Collier counties, joined the firm three years ago to lead its southern expansion. Now, with 39 employees and a new Design Gallery slated to open this month, Neal South is the ninth largest builder in Lee and Collier counties.
“I am extremely proud to work for a builder of this caliber,” said Greenberg. “This division has certainly become the builder of choice to work for in the region, and a firm of this magnitude that stays true to its family values and culture is what makes our team so dedicated,” he said.
For more than 75 years, Professional Builder has remained dedicated to serving the needs of the nation’s home building community — builders, designers and trade partners — with award-winning content and proven, practical solutions.
About Neal Communities
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 No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 10,000 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. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit NealCommunities.com.