Neil is a native of Crystal, Minnesota, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1976. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980. Neil currently serves on the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Farming Township Board of Supervisors, and the Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program. He has served on the boards of United Way of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud Special Olympics, the St. Cloud Jaycees, and the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota. In his spare time, Neil enjoys running, skiing, cycling, canoeing and making wood. Neil has run Grandma’s Marathon every year since its inception, and has been inducted into the Grandma’s Hall of Fame.