Neal Communities Hires New Vice President

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Neal Communities has hired David Rapp as Vice President of Land Acquisitions, a new position in the company. He joins the company after holding similar positions with two other major Southwest Florida real estate corporations.

David Rapp, Vice President of Land Acquisitions

He has the skills, business savvy and experience to help us find the right opportunities and secure the properties that are best for our future.

Neal Communities has hired David Rapp as Vice President of Land Acquisitions, a new position in the company. He joins the company after holding similar positions with two other major Southwest Florida real estate corporations.

“David will help us move forward as we expand throughout Manatee and Sarasota,” says Neal Communities’ Pat Neal. “He has the skills, business savvy and experience to help us find the right opportunities and secure the properties that are best for our future.”

Rapp, who started June 2, is tasked with looking for property that is in various stages of development. “That includes, vacant, distressed or never-developed land,” explains Rapp. “I agree with Pat that this is a great time to buy. We will be in a position to hold or develop the land for many years.”

“It’s significant that we are expanding our company at a time when many others are cutting back,” explains Neal. “We are optimistic about the economic recovery and are convinced this is the time to buy land.”

Rapp is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.S. degree in political science. Prior to moving to Florida, he worked in real estate in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was a land specialist and oversaw site selection, lease negotiations, municipal approvals and land acquisition. Rapp, who is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), has also served as vice chairman of the City of Lowell Planning Commission.

Neal Communities has enjoyed outstanding success in 2009, with more than 170 sales to date, a level not seen since 2005. Established in 1970 in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities is a recognized leader in responsible land development and a pioneer in creating communities that preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment. As Southwest Florida’s largest and most established locally owned and operated private company, Neal Communities’ innovative home building, development and quality customer service standards all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success stories.

For more information, visit nealcommunities.com.

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