He started his company in his garage in the 1980s. Now his company has numerous locations across the U.S. and a bevy of clients.
“I was challenged by my professors to do more than just regurgitate back information,” he says. “They taught critical thinking. They taught problem-solving. They created a pretty strong sense of curiosity.”
Since its inception, ATL has worked with thousands of clients and now has more than 500 employees. ATL’s headquarters is based in Blue Ash, Ohio, which is a few miles north of Cincinnati, but the business has expanded to several locations across the U.S.—including Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and Boston.
For Neal, creating a passionate team is the most memorable aspect of running his business.
“It’s not about me,” he says “It’s about what our team does each and every day for our clients.”
While as a business leader most of his days are not spent inthe lab, Neal still holds science in high regard and believes we are in a time when science can drastically improve the lives of everyone.
“We are right in the epicenter of that,” he says. “We are helping develop the next new drug or next new medical device that could make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”
ATL has also had a hand in trying to stave off the COVID-19 pandemic. Using its pre-existing foothold in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, the company is involved in developing some of the therapeutics used to treat COVID-19 patients and is assisting with creating COVID-19 testing sites across the U.S.
With a business that continues to grow, Neal says he is inspired to lead his team of 500-plus people every day.
“What drives me to get out of bed is the opportunity to lead and inspire a group of people who are providing exceptional, one-of-a-kind service to our clients each and every day while delivering the science that makes life better,” he adds.