Real people, real change.
Tireless Advocate for Youth
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Neal for the past 17 years. I have perceived him as an outstanding person with great visionary insight. He has demonstrated this passion through his exemplary display of craftsmanship in his many endeavors, and with it a sincere desire to extend his gift to others. Pastor Neal,
as I also know him, is a tireless advocate for youth. He has fueled life back into my community project, The Genius Garden, that is aimed at teaching and reinforcing life skills for at risk youth and young adults. Pastor Neal has poured his support into many agencies that service people in need. His desire to share his blessings and the willingness to take immediate action behind his thoughts and intentions, prove him to be a worthy and impressive example to others. This is evidenced by his very noteworthy accomplishments and development of his company: Godfather Motorbike Extraordinaire, as his brand. His company has been a cornerstone of the community and a vehicle for giving back to those who have supported him. As many different opportunities, and the need for quality program design and quality services are desired locally and abroad, GME is very involved in producing positive change in the community and is stretching it’s reach to the global arena. Mr. Neal is a philanthropist and a stellar proprietor whose charity and sincere efforts precede him. I am honored to remain acquainted with such a gentleman and to have been a beneficiary of his positive energy, his strong commitment to his faith, and the overall personal kindness he has demonstrated to myself, and many others. I am confident that Mr. Neal would bring an encouraging and strategically sound action plan to any endeavor he pursues. His many accomplishments as well as life triumphs echo this sentiment. I am in full support of his endeavors that improve our environment and raise the standard of living for all of those he comes in contact with.
Creative Director of The Genius Garden Project
A Role Model That Looks Out for Me
My name is Alvin Fields. Back in 2009, I received an award from Godfather Motorbike Extraordinaire at the Oakland Raiders Headquarters in Alameda, CA. The award was given to outstanding students in different schools and different levels of education. For me, it was a great honor to be given this award at the headquarters of
my hometown and childhood favorite team. When you’re awarded anything in life, it means someone has acknowledged your efforts in the hard work that you have put into something. That was how I felt when receiving the award. Mr. Neal has always been a role model looking out for me as I grew from a kid, to a young adult, and now into a man. Always checking in to see how I was doing and making sure I was on a path that had the best intentions for me to do well. Today, many African American males have it rough with many obstacles in the path of doing simple tasks such as trying to live. With many of our fathers and positive male figures either incarcerated or dead, Mr. Neal’s ability to be a pillar of strength in many of our lives gives us a bar to shoot for and goals to achieve. I am currently working for the Port of SF/Oak and am working hard to hone my skill and master my craft. I am a blessed man and I am grateful for people like Mr. Neal who showed support to me as I grew up to become the man I am now.
GME Youth Award Recipient 2009
A Really Good Papa
Hi my name is Amaya. I’m 7 years old and I go to school at Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy that is in Pleasant Hill and today I’m going to be talking about my papa and his name is Jimmy Dean Neal. What I like about him is that he is really kind and he’s my
papa. What I like about my papa is that you guys live down the street and if I want to visit you guys, I just visit. And I like that he gives me hugs all the time, he loves me very much, he lets me play in his music room, he lets me come in his house, he lets me come in his room. There’s a lot of things I like about him. I like the house and I like the houses he builds and I think he is a really good papa. He gives me a lot of love and I just like him. That’s all.
Amaya CheAnn Williams
The day I met Jimmy for the first time, my then fiancé and I were looking for a new home in which to begin that exciting new chapter of our lives: our first year of marriage. Not only was the home we chose a dream home architecturally, but there were also myriad custom touches that
Jimmy’s own talented hands made that added so much richness to the living space. One of my favorite sections of this beautiful home was the music room that he had added on, complete with French doors that he built himself. This room was truly a dream come true for me, outfitted with various stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, the pièce de résistance being a baby grand piano. All this and the room had enough space for me to dance around as I sang to my heart’s content. Outside, my happy place for the three years we lived in that house was the back deck which, as a wedding gift to my husband and me, Jimmy beautified with new fencing, greenery, and latticework with a trellis roof. The beauty of our own decorations for our special day was magnified by the stunning backdrop created for us. These two examples are just the tip of the iceberg in showcasing Jimmy’s building talent; his brilliance for creating is astounding, and everything that encounters his Midas touch is transformed into a work of art beyond what we may originally envision. In the many opportunities through which I’ve been privileged to get to know Jimmy, I’ve come to learn how such a man as he who started out with above average challenges early in life, yet with unshakable faith in God’s provision, worked harder than most to achieve both worldly success as well as works to glorify our Maker. In rich times as in lean, Jimmy has always been giving–and abundantly, generously so–to all who cross his path. I learned how dedicated he was to taking care of his mother; in turn, he was and continues to be likewise thoughtful of and helpful to my mother. My husband and I were blessed to reside not just as tenants, but welcomed as family to enjoy everything Jimmy owned in his home. When our grandmother needed more care in her later days, Jimmy provided one of his own apartments to her so that she could have a safe place to be cared for. He has one of the biggest, kindest, most selflessly giving hearts I know, and to this day, it inspires me to witness how he continues to bless everyone, especially those who may need a hand up in our underserved communities. In nearly five years that I have known Jimmy, I don’t believe I’ve heard him complain even once, but every word that he utters brings glory to our Father in Heaven! He carries a certain wisdom gained through victory over life’s battles, and a depth of peace and joy that can only come from surrender to Christ, led by the unfailing, perfect wisdom of the Holy Spirit. I will be forever grateful to have Jimmy in my life; it would not be nearly the same without him.
The Global Bible Study
I work with foster care and at-risk youth in my company – Mario B Modeling Productions. I met Jim at Foothill Square in Oakland, CA where there was a local community event going on. I approached Pastor Neal with my DVD. On that DVD, was information about my modeling program which highlighted young models looking
for a career opportunity and how my program would give them this type of exposure. He was very interested in what I was doing and in fact, showed more interest and support in my students’ success than anyone else I had been working with to advance my modeling agency. He donated money for transportation, food for events, accessories for the models and whatever we needed to make the program or event a success. Pastor Neal wrapped his arms around our dreams and efforts with unbelievable encouragement. He believed in the program. He believed in the vision. I have an annual Black History program featuring cultural fashions of the 60’s, and 70’s: called “Rock the Runway”; the fashion show premise was twofold: it provided fun and education through fashion that teaches history lessons of those exciting and turbulent times in the united states. Jimmy once again, supported the program more than anyone else; and he has supported my modeling agency ever since. At a time when I felt alone on my journey, I am so honored that he saw the vision. Pastor Neal’s support pulled me toward the potential of a great modeling agency which my start-up business has become. Because of his inspiration and consistent support, I was allowed the advantage of traveling to Florida, which helped me to expand my agency to 1500 shows in the bay area and to be internationally recognized. Now, my vision for international exposure all over the world has come true; and through my modeling program, I have introduced confidence and self-love to thousands of young people, enhancing personal development to personal transformation for a brighter future for all who were interested. I thank Pastor Neal for seeing my vision when no one else did and experiencing how his words were put into action.
Mario B Modeling Productions
Hard Work and Dedication
As a young man growing up, I was always very active in sports; so, I was use to getting awards and things of that nature. So, the day I was asked to go to the Raiders camp and receive an award for sportsmanship, I just thought of it as me receiving another award for what
I loved to do. The day I arrived at the training camp and saw all the other kids and the big cameras and lights, and everyone dressed nice, I felt like it was more than just a regular award ceremony with my name typed on a piece of paper. I remember the man who hosted the ceremony giving a long speech, and at my young age, I never payed attention to any speeches; but for some reason, the things he was saying really grabbed my attention as a young athlete. He spoke about all the hard work and dedication and time that went into doing extracurricular activities kids like me and across the world do. I’m not gonna lie, I felt kind of special, and from that point on, every piece of paper labeled as an award with my name on it made me feel more special than it ever did.
Recipient of The GME STUDENT ATHLETE AWARD
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