James Weatherly "Jim" Neal Jr.|
(November 6, 1956 - living) U.S.A.
Businessman, investment banker
Jim Neal was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. "Little Jimmy" was named after his paternal great-grandfather, James Milton "Daddy Jim" Weatherly, a tobacco farmer who served as the Superintendent of the Rockingham County Department of Highways in the early 20th century.
He attended Walter Hines Page High School (Greensboro, NC) in the early 1970's. His parents never graduated from college and Neal was the first member of his family to do so in 1978 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a B.S. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. After graduating from UNC, he worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, and later obtained a masters degree in finance from the University of Chicago in 1983.
Jim worked as a volunteer as a youth for Lyndon Johnson's 1964 presidential campaign, the 1968 Judge L. Richardson Preyer campaign for Congress and the 1972 Hargrove Skipper Bowles campaign for Governor. As a young man, he was a grass roots volunteer with the presidential campaigns of both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. In 2004 Neal served as a member of the National Campaign Finance Committees of presidential candidates Wesley Clark and John Kerry and also assisted NC Democratic US Senate candidate Erskine Bowles in his second attempt to capture a Senate seat in 2004.
In the 2008 Democratic primary, Jim faced state Sen. Kay R. Hagan of Greensboro, podiatrist Howard Staley of Moncure, Lexington trucker Duskin Lassiter and Lumberton attorney Marcus Williams. Neal earned the endorsement of the the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. He also was endorsed by Blue America PAC, eQualityGiving, the Independent Weekly and YES ! Weekly. Neal finished second in the May 6th 2008 primary and the victor Kay Hagan is the Democratic challenger to Senator Elizabeth Dole in the November 2008 general election.
He has served his community as an overnight volunteer at a homeless shelter, a lay minister to mentally ill residents of an assisted-care facility, and a sponsor of a post-war Vietnamese refugee family in alliance with the International Rescue Committee.
Jim lives in Chapel Hill with the younger of his two sons, Winston; the older, James, is currently working in New York City. The divorced Jim is gay, but declared that it would not hurt his chances for securing the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race. "[It's] no secret and no big deal to me - I wouldn't be running if I didn't think otherwise."
Source: excerpts from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia