Senior Vice President of Business Development, Neal Best focuses on the business attraction efforts for the organization – Neal has over 13 years of global experience developing, analyzing and implementing strategic real estate expansion and consolidation plans in the commercial sector.
Before joining Greater Sacramento Neal worked as Consulting Manager within the Global Strategic Consulting group at Cushman & Wakefield, transferring from the company’s London office in 2013 to open the consulting office in San Francisco. Neal’s consulting assignments in the US centered on site selection work involving geo-demographic and labor market analysis for large retailers and corporate occupiers.
Prior to working at Cushman & Wakefield, Neal worked as a Location Planning Manager for Sainsbury’s Plc, one of the UK’s largest retailers. As a leader in the sales forecasting and post investment review analytics team, he was an integral part of team that drove the store expansion program for the urban supermarket format throughout the UK. During his term at Sainsbury’s, the store network expanded by 100 stores per year. Neal began his consulting career at real estate advisor’s Savills (Studley) in London, providing strategic real estate and location advice to commercial real estate owners and investors across Europe.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Neal studied for his undergraduate degree at Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Estate Management. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Applied Geographical Information Science (GIS) from Kingston University, London. He is a member of CoreNet Global, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), SIOR and the Society of Location Analysts. Neal became a licensed California Real Estate Broker (#01989620) in 2015.