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Neil attended Oviedo High School where he was a member of the Football, Wrestling, Track and Cross Country Teams where he was a three year letterman. He also participated in the JROTC and science and engineering club. While in his senior year, Neil joined the Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 17. After graduation, Neil left for bootcamp and later attended the school of infantry and Amphibious assault school in Camp Pendleton, where he graduated second in his class. After finishing his schooling, he was assigned to Delta Company, 4th assault amphibian battalion as a Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman. He quickly received a meritorious promotion and was assigned as a crew chief. Neil was activated several times for humanitarian relief and was promoted to Sergeant at the age of 21 where he became a section leader. He was selected for his unit's Funeral guard where he completed over 100 funeral honors for deceased veterans. Neil was also selected and completed Officer Candidates School where he graduated in the top 10% of his class.
While Serving in the Reserves, Neil attended the University of South Florida where he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Financial Planning. He was a member of the volunteer club, stock trading and investments club as well as the financial Planning association where he served as the treasurer.. While attending USF, Neil was selected out of 2000 student veterans as the Veteran of the year in 2017 presented by the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success. In 2020 he was selected as an 25 under 25 honoree for the Muma college of business in Tampa Florida. He also represented the college as a senator for the MUMA college of business.
Since Graduation Neil has worked in the Financial services and construction industry where he currently works as a business analyst and project manager for a large builder in the Tampa Bay area. He has helped numerous veterans gain employment in the industry.
Neil enjoys volunteering with youth programs to include On Track Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Young Marine Program. On Track Tampa Bay provides one on one reading coaching for first graders at title one elementary schools who have fallen behind their classmates in their reading. Neil has coached over 15 first graders since getting involved with the program. The Young Marine Program is a national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school graduation, focused on leadership and citizenship. Neil was a member of this very organization in his youth.
Neil is also an active volunteer with the Warrior Wellness Program which is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides veterans suffering with PTSD with alternative treatment. Through WWP, Neil has founded an annual toy drive that sponsors a title one elementary school in the Tampa bay community. Thanks to community partners, each child attending the school has been able to receive a gift each christmas season. He also volunteers with several other veterans groups including the American Legion and Marine Corps League.
Neil has gone on to found his own non profit, Preserving the Stories. This began a lifelong project of Neils from the time he turned 12. He began to interview American WWII, Korea and VIetnam veterans on their experiences during the war. To date he has interviewed over 150 veterans on three continents and recorded over 1000 hours of history.
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