Neal R. Gillespie was born and raised in Hugoton, Kansas. He went into the insurance business with his father after graduating from High School. Neal attained his CLU-degree from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1978. He enjoyed a successful career in insurance in Hugoton and Dodge City, KS for 26 years. In 1997, Neal was hired as Stevens County Economic Development Director. He served in that position for over nineteen years until his retirement in 2017. Since retiring, Neal has been enjoying traveling and catching up on personal and family business matters. Neal has always been active in his church and his community. He served as Mayor of Hugoton for 12 years from 1995-2007.