Witty, compassionate and socially-conscious, Neal Hamil had everything it took to draw you in and keep you right where he wanted you to be. The Baytown native, who grew to be a nationally renowned beauty and fashion God, died Thursday due to complications from a series of strokes, multiple sources said.
Hamil, a legendary model manager and agency executive, was the driving force behind the world’s largest and most respected model management firms, Ford Models Inc. and Elite Model Management.
He was a charming and lively speaker, appearing on popular TV shows including “America’s Next Top Model,” “Stylista,” “The Search for a Supermodel” and “Australia’s Next Top Model,” just to name a few.
As written on his IMDb profile page, his intellect and wit made him popular on social media where his writing skills were also appreciated. Extending his social media reach evolved into co-creating and co-Hosting the “Neal and Libby” podcast with his longtime friend, Libby Cagle.
He also worked on developing other shows including “Riding High” (2017), “Positive ID” (2017) and “Soul 2 Sole” (2017).
After returning to Houston, Hamil expanded his career, immersing himself in the luxury real estate market.
According to a bio on the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) website, both sellers and buyers in the high-end market benefited from his phenomenal negotiating skills; skills he honed while managing a phenomenal roster of supermodels.
Representing “Supermodels” and “Super homes,” to Neal, are basically the same. Matching the top product to the top buyer, he keeps things simple, clear and moving forward with an ease and sophistication that is his second nature.
Neal served on many Boards in the non-profit and for-profit worlds, but it was his love for animals that moves him the most. Animals in crisis were his top priority. Neal lived with his rescue dog, Oliver, in The Galleria area.
May he rest in peace.
Tributes flooded social media from those who shared how Hamil impacted their lives.