Neal Communities team sees substantial growth in early 2016

Neal Communities (, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, hired 26 new employees across the company’s departments in January and February 2016.

The new hires include 10 sales associates, four builders, three pool builders, a design gallery coordinator and a vice president of construction.

“Our firm would be nothing without its dedicated team of professionals all working toward a common goal of improving people’s lives,” said Pat Neal, founder and CEO of the Lakewood Ranch based new home building company. “As we expand into new markets and new communities over the next five years, we will continue to experience this type of positive and fast paced job growth that contributes to the regions we serve. We are always looking for great people to join our team.”

The new sales associates are Gary Brown, Steven Goodwin, Shana Kohl, Darice Levasseur, Nicolas Morese, Katherine Schrum, David Smith, James Thrift, Richard Witt and Joseph Reuth. Michael Lerman was hired as an online sales counselor.

Mark Jenkins, Brandon Johnson and Jason Carr were hired as builders, and Simon Johns was hired as a builder for Neal’s south region. Fadi Malaab and Owen Mathews joined the Neal team as pool builders, and James Cotton was hired as a pool builder assistant. Robert LaGasse was hired as a pool designer.

Tracie Hunt, Marjory McGloin and Janet Draper joined Neal Communities as purchasing coordinators. Hunt is on the corporate purchasing team, McGloin is on the Neal Signature Homes purchasing team and Draper is on the Waterscapes Pools & Spas purchasing team.

New additions were also made to Neal’s administrative and management team, including office administrator Carol Flowers, design gallery coordinator Stephanie Moreau-Sipiere and senior human resources generalist Sarah Downes.

Construction-industry veteran Timothy Oak was hired as Neal’s vice president of construction in its South Florida division.

Neal Communities also had an exceptional hiring period in the fall, bringing 22 employees onto the Neal team during the last four months of 2015. The homebuilder currently employs 252 people across all of its companies. The company experienced a 6-percent growth since the same time last year.

About Neal Communities

Neal Communities was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and 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

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