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Hoffmann named member of Horatio Alger Association



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 honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Hoffmann, which has extensive interests in Southwest Florida, is the parent company of Florida Weekly newspapers.

Mr. Hoffmann joins 13 other business, civic and cultural leaders in receiving 2023 honors. The awards have been conferred for 76 years.

Others who received the 2023 award are Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, retired chairman and CEO, Bollinger Enterprises; John F. Crowley, executive chairman, Amicus Therapeutics; James B. Freedman, managing director and chairman, Intrepid Investment Bankers; Louis L. Holtz, legendary college football coach and analyst; Michele Kang, owner, Washington Spirit and founder and CEO, Cognosante; Keith Koenig, co-founder and chairman, CITY Furniture; Brian Lamb, managing director and Northeast segment head for Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries, JPMorgan Chase; Fred Luddy, founder and chairman, 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, Paloma Partners.

Mr. Hoffmann grew up in a small country town outside of St. Louis with no running hot water until his sophomore year of high school. The son of a nurse and WWII veteran, his work ethic and values were instilled at a young age, often joining his father in the early mornings picking up milk from the local farms and delivering to the nearby community. A star quarterback, he received a football scholarship to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman

State University) then later transferred and graduated from the University of Central Missouri. He married his high school sweetheart; Jerri Hoffmann and David Hoffmann recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, raising three children and 12 grandchildren.

In 1989, he founded DHR International, the largest privately held executive search firm in the world. Shortly after, he established Osprey Capital, a private family office, to invest excess cash from DHR, growing it to be one of the largest family owned businesses in the world with over 110 brands in 27 countries and 200 properties all over the globe. Today, the Hoffmann portfolio includes businesses 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 to revitalization of the downtown areas of Avon, Colorado; Winnetka, Illinois; Naples and Augusta, Missouri, as well as Mackinac Island in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

The family has demonstrated a significant commitment to the various communities they have lived in. In Naples, it made a sizable contribution to the Naples Children & Education Foundation — where Mr. Hoffmann serves on the board of directors — an additional donation specifically for the construction of the organization’s new headquarters and the Naples Zoo, where it made a seven-figure donation towards the renovation of the zoo. The family also supports the Boys and Girls Club of Naples, the Everglades Foundation, Neighborhood Health Clinic of Naples and The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre. Nationally, it supports the Wounded Warrior Foundation, childhood type 1 diabetes research through JDRF and Type 1 Timer, public art installations, the Children’s Home & Aid Society where the Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family Center is named in honor of his wife and more. Mr. Hoffmann has been included in the 2022 Forbes Billionaires List and has been recognized in the Florida Trend 500 list in 2020, 2021 and 2022, among many other accolades.

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