Jerry D. Neal brings unparalleled executive recognition and leadership to the position of Founding Partner, VSR, LLC. Mr. Neal considers the new historical endeavour to be an extension of the mission and purpose he champions throughout all of his investments, which is to preserve Central NC’s rich farming heritage and diverse industrial legacy as well as to conserve the surrounding forests and farm land. Mr. Neal believes the Mill 133 project is preserving the past while promoting the future.
Mr. Neal has over 35 years of experience in business leadership and is considered amongst the original architects of the Radio Frequency and Wireless Communications industries, having consistently achieved extraordinary success as an executive, entrepreneur, board member and philanthropist. He also holds a patent in the farming industry.
As the Co-Founder and former Executive Vice President of Strategic Development for RF Micro Devices (RFMD), a global semiconductor company and leader in communication technology, Mr. Neal helped the Greensboro, NC based company achieve a market capitalization of more than $16B in less than 8 years. In 2015 RFMD merged with the equally successful TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc, and the new company is now named Qorvo, Inc. (QRVO). Mr. Neal left RFMD in 2012 to focus on expanding his own growing businesses as well as his consulting with various semiconductor start-ups and spearheading numerous historical preservation efforts.
Mr. Neal is the CEO and Owner of Linbrook Heritage Estate, a private 500 acre working farm and forest located in Trinity, NC. In addition to the commercial farm, the Estate includes the Agri-tourism destinations of Linbrook Hall, a 36,000 square-foot manor dedicated to fundraising, corporate events, weddings and private functions and the Linbrook Museums open year round to the public. The museums are comprised of a vintage tractor museum, antique industrial museum, antique saw mill as well as the Historic Hoover House. Mr. Neal recently expanded the farm with additional acreage and extended his efforts to preserve the county’s antique industrial equipment to include saving the old Cranford Smoke Stack in downtown Asheboro. This successful project led to his cooperation and joint partnership with Dustie Gregson to form VSR, LLC and begin the effort to further preserve and rehabilitate the larger mills at 133 S. Church St, now named Mill 133.
Mr. Neal continues to play an active role in both business and education. He has served on the board of directors at several leading semiconductor companies including Jazz Semiconductor and Peregrine Semiconductor. In 2015 Mr. Neal joined the Board of Directors of Akoustis, Inc. (AKTS), the position in which he served until March of 2016 when he accepted the position of Co-Chairman of the Board. 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 on entrepreneurship and Wireless Communications and is a professional performer, educating and entertaining through his portrayal of Guglielmo Marconi, the father of wireless communications. Mr. Neal has authored two books; “Fire in the Belly” and “Built on a Rock”. Mr. Neal created and funds the Neal Fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to establish the dedicated, non-commercial, funding for research into critical projects and infectious diseases. Mr. Neal’s restored agricultural and industrial equipment displayed at the Linbrook Museums are nationally recognized collections.
Mr. Neal holds an Electrical Engineering Degree and a Doctorate of Business Management. Jerry Neal was named a “Legend of Business” by Elon University, recognized as the Triad’s 2011 Most Influential People by The Business Journal and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina. Mr. Neal is a native of Randolph County and currently resides in Trinity, North Carolina with his wife Linda S. Neal.