Neal England serves as Managing Director with Founders Advisors, leading the Business Services practice. With over 25 years of broad-based strategy development, executive operations, M&A, and integration experience, Neal provides advisory leadership across all phases of the transaction process for middle market clients. To date, Neal has led and completed over 40 sell/buy side business and technology services transactions and divestitures.
Neal began his M&A career when the staffing company employer he worked for, Staffing Resources, Inc., sold to a New York family fund as a platform investment. Post-closing, Neal assumed a corporate development position and started up specialty staffing divisions in accounting, tele-services, and construction personnel. Additionally, he led the execution of 21 diversified staffing services acquisitions that added over $300M of annual revenue over 36 months. During his tenure, enterprise growth increased from $17M to $430M annually and the company achieved an industry high 29.6% GM and $29M EBITDA before the portfolio investment was exited and recapitalized with another private equity group investor. Remaining with the same New York family fund investor group, Neal launched a strategic initiative to acquire a $24M Professional Employer Organization (PEO) as a platform investment and then led five additional PEO acquisitions over the next four years that grew the company to $448M annually, serving over 14,000 worksite employees across 44 states. The company rebranded as US Personnel, Inc. and became one of the top ten largest industry competitors nationally. Transitioning into operations with US Personnel, Inc. as regional vice president, Neal led the integration and growth of key acquired transactions, then executive vice president over global operations, and ultimately became its president. At the sunset of the stakeholder’s investment, Neal led the sale of US Personnel, Inc. to a strategic buyer and assumed a leadership position with the buyer to lead integration of key functions and growth initiatives. Neal also formed and led an IT consulting and mortgage staffing division for a small investor-owned staffing firm that increased enterprise growth from $8M to $12M.
Prior to joining Founders Advisors, Neal was Managing Director and HRM Practice Leader for an investment banking firm in Dallas, Texas where he primarily originated and closed sell-side strategic and private equity recapitalizations and led cross-border HRM activity. Neal and his wife Suzanne reside in Dallas, Texas and enjoy global and domestic travel, having driven to all 48 contiguous states while maintaining an active schedule supporting their two college-bound teenage daughters in ballet and gymnastics. Neal is a former board member for DallasHR (largest SHRM affiliate nationally) where he led the Workforce Readiness committee and assisted returning veterans and seniors navigate the employment environment in addition to serving multiple other industry and charity associations.