New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2001
Dr. Albert H. Rosenthal Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Bob Hoffman
Bob Hoffman has been a resident of New Mexico for more than 50 years and for virtually all of that time, he has been one of the most effective economic development leaders in the state.
A resident of New Mexico since 1950, he began his career in Alamogordo and served in may civic positions including Chamber of Commerce President. He was responsible for initiating New Mexico's first local Economic Development Commission at a time when the City's economy was solely dependent on Holloman Air Force Base. While in Portales, he established an Economic Development Commission and served as President of the Portales Chamber of Commerce. After returning to Alamogordo, he was asked by the then Governor Jack Campbell to serve as Director of the state Department of Development and Tourism.
In 1966, when Roswell lost Walker Air Force Base, Hoffman was asked by City leaders to convert the Base into an industrial, educational and training center under the Roswell Industrial Development Corporation.
During this time, he assisted in establishing a branch of Eastern New Mexico University and attracted several new industries to the City.
After six years in Roswell, Hoffman joined Bank Securities, Inc. in Albuquerque in 1972, the State's first holding company and traveled to BSI branches to help develop jobs and attract industries and businesses.
In 1986, Hoffman was appointed to the Governor's Business Advisory Council and has continued to serve succeeding governors in that capacity. As an expert in economic development, he also served on the Board of the National Small Business Administration and was the first President of the New Mexico Industrial Development Association.
Mr. Hoffman was appointed by Governor Johnson as Commissioner of Economic Development for District 3 which includes Albuquerque.
He presently serves as Executive Director of the Albuquerque Economic Forum, a position he has held since 1983.