Dan McNeil is a true pioneer in developing commercial real estate in downtown Cortland, NY. After serving in the US Army under General George S. Patton in World War II, Dan returned home and went to Le Moyne College. Shortly after graduating, Dan and his brother, John, ventured into their first business, McNeil Music. In 1958, Dan and John, two accomplished professional musicians, purchased their first building on Main Street Cortland. A leap from retail music to commercial real estate - and as Dan notes, his most gutsy business deal to date. Ten years later the McNeil’s purchased their second building on Main Street Cortland.
In 1988, Dan McNeil swiftly approached his son, David, after David graduated from Cornell University, to partner in forming a commercial real estate development company. Dan knew David would be recruited quickly after college and Dan was not going to let the opportunity pass to work with his son. Dan and David formed McNeil Development Company from a solid foundation built by the McNeil’s dating back to 1951.
From 2000, Dan and David strategically built McNeil Development to be one of the most trusted construction and real estate firms in Cortland County.
McNeil Development celebrates over 35 years as a local leader in commercial real estate, specializing in commercial office space.
While Dan laid the foundation for a solid company, Dan recognizes David as being instrumental in the company’s growth – taking McNeil Development to new levels.
Dan and David are devoted to Cortland County. They continue to work together in bringing prime commercial real estate opportunities to their hometown. This father-son team has expanded from owning 8 properties in 2001 to a portfolio of 55 properties in Central New York, totaling more than a half a million square feet, today.
McNeil Development is built on over seven decades of strong family values and fair business deals within the construction and real estate development industry and business community. The family business continues to expand with David’s son, Kevin, working together with his father and grandfather. Cortland County is excited to see what the three generations of McNeil’s will bring to the area over the next decade.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1988, David started working with his father and long-time partner, Dan McNeil. David is fully invested in the CNY community, serving on multiple Board of Directors, including Fanziska Racker Centers since 2011.
Dan McNeil is a testament that with hard work, determination, loyalty and respect, businesses not only can survive multiple wars and economic depressions - they can thrive. Dan has worked the commercial real estate development industry for over 6 decades. Dan and Rose McNeil are dedicated to supporting music education and performances in the community of Cortland, NY.