James "Jim" Neff

June 20, 2019 8:06 AM

Spouse and family information: Wife Cynthia; children: CJ Neff ’04 and Doug Neff ’07; and grandchildren Drew Neff, 15; Liam Neff, 4; Camilla Neff, 3; and Riley Neff, 3

Major while at Millikin: Accounting

Current employer and job title: Partner and branch manager, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James

Why did you choose to attend Millikin? Campus size

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin?

  • Obtained CPA license immediately after graduation; obtained securities license five years later.
  • Millikin Board member 2005-2016; Chair of Board 2014-2016. Rejoining Board July 1, 2019.
  • Current board member of the Community Foundation of Macon County and board member of the Decatur Parks Foundation.

Apart from supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite pastime?

What Millikin professor or staff member made the greatest impact on you, and why?
(The late Professor of Accounting Emeritus) Dave Marshall’s classes were very educational and still very enjoyable. He was very practical in his approach.

What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use regularly?
Money and how it works.

What advice would you give to current MU students about preparing for life after graduation?
Learn to communicate. Anyone can learn a concept, but the ability to communicate to others in a manner they can understand and can use is important.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Millikin community?
I have enjoyed my time on the Board of Trustees. Getting involved in the intricacies of higher education has been very interesting. It has also helped me meet a lot of exceptional people throughout the Millikin community.