CEO, Hooters Management Corporation
Local Board Member, Tampa Bay
Neil is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia and earned letters in both basketball and baseball all four years. After coaching high school at Shorecrest Preparatory School from 1973-76 in St. Petersburg, Florida, he then received his Law Degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979.
Neil has served as Chief Executive Officer of HMC Hospitality Group Inc., Hooter’s, Inc. and all of its affiliated companies since 1992.
Neil has also served the community over his professional career in the Tampa Bay Area. Neil served from 1990-2013 as a voluntary assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida. During his tenure, the successful program captured one state championship and also enjoyed another trip to the state final four. Previously, Neil has served as a board member for the Pinellas County Urban League, the Pinellas County Police Athletic League, Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Pinellas County Educational Foundation.
Neil is married to his wife, Selina “CeCe” Kiefer and has (2) adult sons Byron, who is Assistant Director of College Scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and David, who is the head basketball coach of Division 1 Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team. He also has one adult stepson, Tyler, of Austin, Texas, and an adult stepdaughter, Katy, who is a student at Florida Atlantic University.