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. 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 2020 Florida 500 has been released and includes Naples very own, Mr. David Hoffmann.
Recognized as one of the top Real Estate Influentials, Mr. Hoffmann and his family are the largest private commercial real estate owners in Naples, owning 33 properties with an estimated worth of over $500million. The Hoffmanns 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 including the donation of over one million dollars of art placed along the Avenue. (see art pieces here)
Though recognized for his influence in Florida Real Estate, the Hoffmanns also own and operate a number of businesses in Florida through the Hoffmann Family of Companies which includes the ECHL Hockey team The Florida Everblades, Hertz Arena, Naples Transportation & Tours, The Naples Princess & Miss Naples Catamaran, Global Jetcare Air Ambulance service North of Tampa and Molly’s Trolleys, Palm Beach Tours & Transportation and Kirkland Event & Destination Services in West Palm Beach. In total, the Hoffmann Family of Companies own and operate 32 brands in Florida and employ over 2,000 people in the state. (see full portfolio here)
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, NCEF, 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
Outside of Florida, Mr. Hoffmann is 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 own 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.
Globally, Mr. Hoffmann and his portfolio are in 41 countries with over 170 operations worldwide and has been recognized for his achievements by BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, The New York Times, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Crain’s Chicago Business, Smart Money Magazine, The Pioneer Press and Fortune magazine. He has also made appearances on CNN and CNBC.
Mr. & Mrs. Hoffmann are both residents of Naples, FL, have been married for 47 years, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren and love the Naples community and people.
“I’m honored to have been nominated by my peers and to receive the prestigious honor of being recognized as one of Florida’s Top 500. We will continue to do great things in the community as well as throughout Florida.”
The Hoffmanns are the largest commercial real estate owners in Naples, FL with 33 properties, Winnetka, IL with 26 properties and Avon, CO with 13 properties having a combined national portfolio of over 100 properties.
The Hoffmann family owns national corporations including DHR International/Jobplex/ Elevate Partners in Chicago and Orange Line Oil in Pomona, California as well as other businesses around the globe including: Hertz Arena, The Florida Everblades, 5 Star Valet, Coral Cay Adventure Golf, Everglades Excursions, Globalworks, Global Jetcare, Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate, Hoffmann Creative Agency, Hoffmann Executive Suites, The Java Butler, Kaleidoscope Floral & Home, Kirkland Event & Destination Services, Lark & Willow Events, Marco Island Water Sports, Miss Naples Catamaran, Mitch’s Cookies, Molly’s Trolleys, Naples Beach Water Sports, Naples Princess, Naples Transportation & Tours, Naples Trolley Tours, Palm Beach Tours & Transportation, Port O Call Marina, Segway of Naples, Signcraft Signs & Things, Stan’s Coffee & Food Service, Sunmaster of Naples, Inc., Tacos & Tequila Cantina and Tier Electric.
Hoffmann Creative Agency
Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate, a part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has signed a definitive letter of intent to acquire 465 5th Ave South
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