Mr. Neal started his career with Hewlett-Packard and continued his education in computer technology for more than 10 years. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Neal founded Moisture Control Systems for the production of his patented electronic sensor for measurement of soil moisture for research. This business was later sold to Hancor, Inc. Before co-founding RF Micro Devices, he broadened his knowledge of sales and technical business with 10 years experience in various marketing positions at Analog Devices, Inc.
As a co-founder of RF Micro Devices, Mr. Neal took primary responsibility for securing the initial funding for the new venture. His relationships with several venture capitalists resulted in the initial funding of the company. Mr. Neal established the image of RF Micro Devices in the marketplace and was primarily responsible for many of the key relationships which have provided the company with the majority of its technology and sales. These relationships include TRW, Nokia, IBM and Jazz Semiconductor. Before retiring in June 2012, Mr. Neal's primary focus was in the area of strategic development to ensure the continuing growth of the company.
Beyond RF Micro Devices, Mr. Neal plays an active role in both the business and education communities. Mr. Neal has served on the board of directors at semiconductor companies including Jazz Semiconductor and Peregrine Semiconductor. Mr. Neal has also served on the Board of Visitors at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. He regularly speaks to civic organizations and universities desiring to hear the RF Micro Devices story and he has a program for educating and entertaining audiences by portraying the father of wireless communications, Guglielmo Marconi.
In addition to professional associations, Mr. Neal and his wife, Linda, are involved in many philanthropic activities. Their primary endowment is for research in the Infectious Disease Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the hospital where he also serves as a member of the ALSAC Leadership Council. Closer to home, Mr. Neal serves on the Board of Directors of Victory Junction, a year-round medical camp established in Randleman, North Carolina, where children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families can enjoy medically sound and physically safe camping experiences. In addition to the Neal Fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Linda and Jerry Neal have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities over the years.
Mr. Neal enjoys several hobbies including the restoration of rare antique tractors as well as the restoration of vintage electronic test equipment and radios. His restored tractors are displayed in a museum which is open to the public, the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
Mr. Neal received his Electrical Engineering degree from Gaston Technical Institute and North Carolina State University. In 2001 he was awarded the Doctor of Business Management Degree from Southern Wesleyan University.
Request Mr. Neal as a speaker.
Mr. Neal announces his retirement.