Neal Communities hires one and promotes two internally

Neal Communities (, the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, recently promoted Christopher Clark and Tashara Cronshaw within the company and added Diane Kerper, who is new to its team.

Clark transitions from his previous position as the vice president of construction to the vice president of operations – north region for Neal Communities, a move that allows for more internal advancement and personal growth as a leader. In this new role, Clark is now responsible for the purchasing and drafting departments along with construction, permitting and warranty.

Cronshaw has been promoted to the position of director of human resources. Prior to this advancement, she served as the human resources coordinator. Cronshaw is responsible for the overall development, coordination, administration and evaluation of the HR function, including managing the department, developing and maintaining systems, establishing interview processes and continually evaluating guidelines and compensation packages for employees.

Kerper brings over 25 years of real estate and operational homebuilding experience to Neal Communities. In her position as the director of sales and marketing – south region, Kerper is responsible for all the regional sales and marketing as well as overseeing the design team for the south region. She will have additional responsibilities in the development of condominium communities.

“We are so proud of Chris and Tashara’s hard work and dedication to Neal Communities,” said Michael Storey, president of Neal Communities. “Their many years of experience and contributions have immensely influenced our team and the company. We also look forward to utilizing Diane’s knowledge within the real estate to further propel Neal Communities. With great leaders and employees, we can continue to accomplish great things in our community.”

Clark has been with Neal Communities for five years. Prior to joining Neal Communities, Clark worked for a national homebuilder as an area construction manager. He has served as vice president of construction at Neal for several years. His past experience includes project manager and construction manager. He is licensed as a general contractor in Florida. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida.

With over 15 years of experience in the HR industry, Cronshaw has worked for Neal Communities for two years. Prior to joining the homebuilder, she served as the HR manager for two growing organizations with 70 full-time employees, reporting directly to CEO and president. Originally from Hooksett, N.H., she has the PHR and SHRM-CP designations.

Kerper has held many management positions across several disciplines within residential homebuilding operations, where she oversaw acquisitions, purchasing, design, sales and construction in homebuilding and asset management roles. An executive and a former division president of a leading homebuilder in Florida, Kerper has managed and led multiple large-scale projects for several homebuilding companies in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Additionally, Neal Communities has added 37 positions team. The new additions are part of a major Neal hiring initiative fueled by record-setting sales numbers and 10 new Neal neighborhoods opening in 2015.

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, 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

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