Each year Florida Trend seeks nominations for the top men and women in the business world who embody the growing diversity of Florida’s business community for their Florida 500 list. From the nominees, they organize their selections using broad economic categories from the US Department of Commerce, with the number of influentials in each category roughly proportional to that category’s share of Florida’s state GDP. After selecting from the list thousands of nominees in the year-long process, the 2021 Florida 500 has been released and for the second year in a row, includes David Hoffmann of Hoffmann Family of Companies.
In 2020, Hoffmann was recognized as one of the top Real Estate Influentials. The Hoffmann’s are the largest private commercial real estate owners in Naples, owning over 35 properties with an estimated worth of over $500 million and are accredited with revitalizing the downtown area of Naples, (5th Avenue South) through their renovations and investment into their properties and contributions to the community.
This year, David Hoffmann has been recognized as one of the Florida 500 top Hospitality Influentials. In Florida, the Hoffmann Family of Companies operates 33 businesses in Southwest Florida, Tampa, Palm Beach, and soon in Jacksonville. The company started with four employees in the state and now has more than 2,000. The Florida operations encompass a variety of hospitality businesses, including dining, entertainment, sports, and family activities, along with businesses that deliver professional services such as executive suite rentals, events, transportation, marketing, and residential and commercial building improvements.
The Hoffmanns started their growth in Florida in 2015 with the purchase of seven properties and a parking lot for around $75 million with four employees. Since then, the Hoffmann Family of Companies and the Hoffmanns have been welcomed into the community where Mr. Hoffmann and wife Jerrilyn Hoffmann have made impacts through philanthropic donations and serving on the boards of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Naples Zoo, 5th Avenue South BID, Sustaining Leadership Counsel and are both actively involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Naples, Everglades Foundation, Golisano Children’s Museum, Neighborhood Health Clinic of Naples, The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre, Wounded Warrior Foundation and support a number of national causes such as Childhood Type 1 Diabetes research and the Children’s Home and Aid foundation
Recently, Hoffmann Family of Companies made a six-figure contribution to the NCEF (Naples Children’s Education Fund) and an additional six figures to the construction of their new headquarters to facilitate helping the needy children of Southwest Florida.
Outside of Florida, the Hoffmann Family of Companies’ vision is to revitalize the charm and history of Augusta, MO, and the surrounding Washington area, making it a destination rivaling the nation’s most prestigious wine regions. The now $125 million investment into making Augusta a national wine destination includes 4 wineries, 5 vineyards, 1,500 acres, a planned 40-60 room hotel, 12-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones, luxury yacht, vineyard and winery tours, horse and carriage rides, classic car museum, and revitalization of over a dozen buildings in the downtown Augusta area.
David Hoffmann is also the founder of DHR, a global executive search firm, Jobplex and Elevate Partners based in Chicago, IL, Orange Line Oil in California, and Osprey Capital, LLC. Mr. Hoffmann also sits as Chairman of Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate that owns over 100 properties nationwide, including majority stakes in downtown areas in Avon, CO, and Winnetka, IL where they too are accredited with the revitalization of their downtown areas.