David Hoffmann, Founder and Chairman of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has been named a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc., a nonprofit educational organization that recognizes the achievements of outstanding individuals and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Hoffmann, which has extensive interests in Southwest Florida, is the parent company of the Florida Weekly newspapers.
Mr. Hoffmann joins 13 other leaders from business, civil society and culture to receive honors in 2023. The awards have been presented for 76 years.
Other recipients of the 2023 award include Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, retired Chairman and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises; John F. Crowley, Chairman of the Board, Amicus Therapeutics; James B. Freedman, managing director and chairman of Intrepid Investment Bankers; Louis L. Holtz, legendary college football coach and analyst; Michele Kang, owner of Washington Spirit and founder and CEO of Cognosante; Keith Koenig, Co-Founder and Chairman, CITY Furniture; Brian Lamb, Managing Director and Head of Northeast Segment for Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries, JPMorgan Chase; Fred Luddy, Founder and Chairman of ServiceNow; Trevor D. Rees-Jones, Founder and CEO, Chief Oil & Gas; Fredrick D. Schaufeld, Managing Director of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners; Rajesh Subramaniam, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation; and S. Donald Sussman, founder and chairman of Paloma Partners.
Mr. Hoffmann grew up in a small country town outside of St. Louis, where there was no running hot water until his sophomore year of high school. The son of a nurse and a World War II veteran was instilled with his work ethic and values from an early age. He would often accompany his father in the early hours of the morning to collect milk from local farms and deliver it to the nearby community. As a star quarterback, he received a football scholarship to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman
State University) later transferred to and graduated from the University of Central Missouri. He married his high school girlfriend; Jerri Hoffmann and David Hoffmann recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have raised three children and 12 grandchildren.
In 1989 he founded DHR International, the world’s largest private executive search firm. Shortly thereafter, he founded Osprey Capital, a private family office, to invest excess money from DHR and grow it into one of the largest family businesses in the world with over 110 brands in 27 countries and 200 properties around the world. Today, the Hoffmann portfolio includes companies in agriculture, aviation, financial services, hospitality, business and professional services, industrial, marine, media and marketing, real estate and transportation. Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate is credited with helping revitalize downtown areas of Avon, Colorado; Winnetka, Illinois; Naples and Augusta, Missouri, and Mackinac Island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The family has shown a significant commitment to the various communities in which they have lived. In Naples, she made a significant contribution to the Naples Children & Education Foundation – where Mr. Hoffmann serves on the board – an additional donation specifically for the construction of the organization’s new headquarters and the Naples Zoo, where she made a seven-figure donation towards the renovation of the zoos provided. The family also supports the Boys and Girls Club of Naples, the Everglades Foundation, the Neighborhood Health Clinic of Naples, and the Naples Players Sugden Community Theater. Nationally, it supports the Wounded Warrior Foundation, research on type 1 childhood diabetes by JDRF and Type 1 Timer, public art installations, the Children’s Home & Aid Society, where the Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family Center honors his wife is named, and much more. Mr. Hoffmann was named to the Forbes 2022 Billionaires list and was named to the Florida Trend 500 list in 2020, 2021 and 2022, among many other accolades.
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