Bob Hoffman / President of Tucson Roadrunners
Q: Where were you born?
I was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a small town near Akron. Northeast Ohio has its own feel and is a tightly knit community. I consider the entire Akron/Canton/Cleveland area home.
Q: How did you become interested in your career field?
I have always enjoyed various aspects of event planning, sales, marketing and sports, and I am fortunate enough to meld all of those into my career field. From a young age, I was interested in being a part of sold-out sporting events and the excitement they generate for the fans and their surrounding communities.
Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?
Having patience, as often you want things to progress more quickly and you want to achieve all of your goals in a very short time span — sometimes that just is not possible, and things take time.
Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?
Knowing that we impact the lives of the community in many ways. Kids fall in love with our mascot, Dusty, fans can rally behind and get excited about a thrilling win, and the corporate community sees the value the Roadrunners bring to their operations, their staff and customers.
Q: Do you have any family members in Tucson?
I live in Tucson with my wife Melissa and daughter Gabrielle, who is soon to be a student at the University of Arizona.
Q: Where would you most like to vacation next — and why?
I have had numerous friends vacation in New Zealand recently and all memories they bring back feels like it is a place I would love to take a couple weeks and visit.
Q: What was the last book you read, and what did you enjoy the most about it?
I unfortunately do not have much time to indulge, and certainly miss that. When I have time, I may dive into a self-help book or something that serves to teach and train to update and upgrade current practices.
Q: When you have the time, what is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Seeing the ins and outs of a business culture like in The Office is a great release from the everyday walk.