Business briefs: Neal Communities 2013 sales rise

January 7, 2014 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Privately held Neal Communities closed out 2013 with 826 new home sales -- a more than 35 percent increase from 2012 -- across 16 communities from Manatee to Lee counties.

"With homes ranging from $150,000 to over $2 million, our largest numbers came from the $250-$350,000 price range," said Pat Neal, president and CEO of the Lakewood Ranch-based, home building company.

About 44 percent of Neal's new home sales were feature or inventory homes, which are already started when purchased. Neal opened 10 new communities in 2013, and launched a South Florida Division based in Bonita Springs, with communities in Lee and Collier counties. The new division had higher than expected sales and plans to grow in 2014 with nearly a dozen new neighborhoods planned. Neal Communities closed on its 9,000th home in the spring of 2013. The builder expects to celebrate its 10,000th in 2014.

One of the fastest-growing, privately held home builders in the state, Neal began its massive growth as the market headed into recession in 2008. Neal Communities is vertically integrated controlling many aspects of the building process, with staff handling land acquisition, development, and building. PureStyle is Neal's design company, headed by Charlene Neal, and Waterscapes Pools & Spas is its pool company. The builder has joint ventures with a title and an insurance company, and owns a home owner's association management company.

Business alliance reorganizes for new year

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is set to hold its membership luncheon at the Polo Grill & Bar-Fete Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch.

Business Alliance members and prospective members are invited to attend the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 15.

The alliance will celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year and provide a sneak peek at new initiatives set for for 2014. Incoming Chair Annette Gueli and 2013 Chairman Tommy Klauber will introduce the 2014 Board of Directors, thank the outgoing Board and present the Chairman's Award Winner for 2013.

The Board of Directors is the business alliance's governing body. Its members represent the community's business, professional, educational, and governmental leadership. For more information call 941-757-1664 or visit lwrba.org.

Mixon kicks off 75th with luncheon

BRADENTON -- The Mixon family will host a luncheon Jan. 9 to celebrate its 75 years in business as Mixon Fruit Farm.

They have invited many other family-owned business owners who have been in business more than 40 years.

Businesses like Cox Chevrolet, Costantino Body Shop, Sandhoff Construction and Smokey's Glass

are just a few of the honored guests.

The Mixon's have also invited other special guests, including Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Bill Lupfer, the President of The Florida Attractions Association and Bill Herrle of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Mixon Fruit Farm is located at 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. For more information call 941-748-5829.

Herald Staff report

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