Ralph L McNeal
Current City: Henderson, NV
Chapter: Las Vegas SCORE
Ralph L. McNeal, Sr., has spent most of his professional life in the Venture Capital Industry. In 1974 he was positioned as President and Chief Operating Officer to turn around a group of companies consisting of a Private Venture Capital Company, a Small Business Investment Company, a Business Development Company and a Local Development Company (U.S. SBA 504) which became the “Coalition Venture Group of New York. “ These companies financed and developed businesses throughout the five boroughs of Manhattan. In 1978 he became President and Chief Operating Officer of “North Street Capital Corporation” (A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kraft-General Foods Corporation and Phillip Morris Companies). From 1988 to 1996, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Ralph L. McNeal and Co. management, financial consultants and small business advocates, Newark, N. J., It was during this time that he researched, founded, promoted, developed and Chaired “The Small Business Stock Exchange of America, Inc.” (The SBEX), and the “ASBEX Development Corporation” (the Foundation). This led to the creation of associations with exchanges throughout the world with like type investment principles, (i.e., the London Stock Exchanges’ AIM Market and the British Columbia’s Vancouver Stock Exchange. In 1990, he was invited and attended the Price Waterhouse “International Second Market Conference” in London, England. In 1992, Mr. McNeal was a recipient of the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company’s “Kools National Achievers Award” for his work in creating the SBEX and the Foundation. He has twice been invited and attended the Congressional Mandated, U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Small Business Capital Forum,” testified before the U. S. Congressional Small Business Committee and consulted to companies in the Chapter XI process, appeared in the U. S. Bankruptcy Courts in Oklahoma, Vermont and Missouri and testified as an “expert witness” in those courts and before the Law Judges of the U. S. Interstate Commerce Commission. Mr. McNeal was a Board Member, founded and established the Micro Loan Program in Newark, New Jersey and processed its first loans. Founded, and obtained grants for the Minority Trucking and Transportation Development Co (MTTDC). An organization for minority-owned transportation companies throughout the U. S. Mr. McNeal has been the County Administrator, Essex County New Jersey, a mayoral appointment as Commissioner and Treasurer of the Newark Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Newark New Jersey, Chief Finance Officer, City of Englewood, N. J., Planning Manager, International Division, Schering Plough Corp, New Jersey, Corporate Budget Manager, Wakefern Food Corp. (Shoprite Supermarkets), New Jersey, Auditor and Hearing Examiner, New Jersey Public Utilities Commission, New Jersey, Field Auditor, U. S. Internal Revenue Service, Cleveland, Ohio, Principle Management Analyst, Off-track Betting Corp, New York. He has been employed in a financial and management capacity in both the Public and Private sectors, and as an entrepreneur, was involved in fast food franchising in the early seventies. He has lectured widely and provided many seminar hours and panel discussions on “Venture Capital, “Planning for Profits,” “Entrepreneurship” and the “Pursuit of Capital.” He is a graduate of Central State University of Ohio and did graduate work at Seton Hall and Rutgers Universities. He has been a lecturer and panel discussant at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, DeVry University, Nevada, UNLV, Nevada, Central State University, Ohio, and The American Management Association, New York. He did his military duty as an officer in the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, 50th Armored Division and the 102nd Armored Calvary Regiment. He was the recipient of the 2000 U. S. Small Business Administration’s “New Jersey Small Business Advocate Of The Year” and recognized by the Plainfield New Jersey’s “City News” as one of the “100 Most Influential for 1999.” A recipient of the National Association of Negro and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc “1991 Presidential New Directions Award” and the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company’s “ 1992 Kool’s National Achievers Award.” He is mentioned in the book “Rebuilding Wall Street,” by Mark Fadiman, Prentice Hall, 1992. He is a former Board Member of the “National Association of Investment Companies,” Washington, D. C., and has held directorship seats on various venture-backed companies throughout the U. S. He was also an Advisory Board Member to the Rutgers University’s “New Jersey Small Business Development Centers.” His biography has appeared in Marquis “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, “Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in America.” Mr. McNeal was an Arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulation Authority) and is currently a member of SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses and an avid genealogist. His first novel “Sleeper Cell” released in October 2009 to be followed by its sequel “The Venture Capitalist,” and a third work “The Knuckleballer.” He makes his home in Henderson, Nevada with his wife Shirley in Sun City, MacDonald Ranch.
He is a graduate of Central State University of Ohio and did graduate work at Seton Hall and Rutgers Universities. He has been a lecturer and panel discussant at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, DeVry University, Nevada, UNLV, Nevada, Central State University, Ohio, and The American Management Association, New York.