COFFEE ENTHUSIAST & CO-FOUNDER
Neil was born and raised in Massachusetts to parents who met in Augusta, GA, while his father served time in the Army as a Junior Military Officer. He spent his youth visiting family often in South Carolina.
From a young age, his parents taught him discipline, hard work, entrepreneurship, and prepared him for life. Starting in the sixth grade, he always had a job -- from delivering newspapers, working in a liquor store, mowing lawns, performing maintenance at an outdoor concert amphitheater, and working as a baking master at a New England clam bake facility.
Neil was active in the Navy for six years as a Naval Nuclear Reactor Operator assigned to the USS Miami SSN 755. He served over 500 days underwater.
After the Navy, he studied Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University and made his way into corporate America. He excelled in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain management, and procurement. While serving in multiple operational and commercial roles at GE Energy, he traveled the globe supporting GE’s global supply chain strategy.
Following GE, Neil worked for BP in Houston, TX, and soon found himself in the middle of supporting the Deepwater Horizon Incident. After the incident, he desired change and headed to Iraq to support the BP Iraq business. Neil led a diverse 25-person team of western ex-pats, Chinese, and Iraqi supply chain procurement professionals in Iraq for over seven years. He helped Iraq with the field expansion and production of the third-largest oil field in the world. Neil left BP in 2018 to follow his true passion of full-time trading and investing.
As a long-time serial investor, Neil is now translating his corporate career skills and experience into running his own investment company. He is excited about potential investments and startups with like-minded people that have a genuine passion for what they do.
FROM THE MAN HIMSELF:
Quality over quantity has been the way I’ve lived much of my adult life; otherwise, you will lack depth in everything you do. I enjoy being surrounded by my family, great friends, and people who truly have a deep sense of passion and purpose regardless of the plan. I can develop the strategy and solve the problems, but there needs to be passion and purpose. I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world through both the military and my corporate career — and have embraced many cultures and life experiences. I was working on my own coffee investment in Costa Rica when I met OneNation founders John and Phil. As our friendship grew, we thought a coffee partnership between us could evolve.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the One Nation Coffee family. I’m excited about creating future value in the coffee community and providing support to veterans, law enforcement, and first responders who have tirelessly served our country and communities.
MEET ONENATION CO-FOUNDERS JOHN RICHARDS & PHILIP MONIZ