Brigadier General (Retired) Jerry L. Neff enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard 1960 before transferring to the Florida Army National Guard and graduating from the Florida National Guard Officer Candidate School in 1964.
When he retired in June 1999, General Neff was the Deputy Commanding General, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Orlando, Florida.
General Neff’s numerous decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, The Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster).
General Neff was a banker for 47 years and retired in 2009 as the President of M&I Bank, Florida Region. He then served for two years as the Chairman of M & I Bank Advisory Board, Florida Region.
General Neff graduated from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts and is married to the former Judy Evans. They reside in Bradenton, Florida.
Speaker Richard Corcoran appointed General Neff to the Board of Directors in 2018, and Speaker Chris Sprowls reappointed him in 2022.