As 2014 draws to a close and we celebrate our 45th year building homes at Neal Communities, Charlene and I can reflect back on not only a year of milestones and achievements, but also on four decades filled with families putting their trust in our company and our team.
It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that I thank you, our friends and customers, for your continued support and for allowing us to become an integral part of building communities in southwest Florida.
Our company’s 45th year has been marked by extraordinary expansion and the completion of our 10,000th home – accomplishments only made possible by your belief in our team who strives to make a positive difference. A major focus this year has been creating additional communities of distinction, adding new, dedicated team members, and a continued emphasis on giving back to the community that has given so much to us.
One key founding philosophy here at Neal Communities, stemming from my own long-standing family values, is the belief that the strength of a company comes from its collective ability to contribute to the greater good. This is why we will always strive to support community causes, programs and organizations that contribute to our quality lifestyle, help educate residents and support historic and environmental preservation.
For example, we recently celebrated the 16th anniversary of the “My Favorite Home” art contest with our local elementary schools. During this contest, we select a student’s home design for the Neal Communities’ holiday card while supporting art and teachers in our exemplary area schools.
As we entered new markets in 2014, we were humbled by your recognition of naming Neal Communities “Best Builder” in the Venice Gondolier’s Best of Venice, and as a finalist for “Best Builder” in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. We rejoiced in earning our 50th Aurora Award for the design of Grand Palm in Venice and broke into the top 50 national homebuilder-ranking list by BUILDER Magazine.
In 2014 and looking ahead to the future, we look back upon our rich history while embracing new traditions and milestones yet to come. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey and continue to embrace our family and our firm as you have done for more than 40 years. From our family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Here’s to 2015!