He was also a San Francisco Bay Area developer, sports teams owner, an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors.
Mr. Hofmann’s passion for waterfowl, wetland and wildlife conservation led him to purchase the famed Rancho Esquon in the Sacramento Valley, now a 10,000-acre rice and almond farm. During ownership, he restored a wetland area to a pristine 900 acres. Mr. Hofmann’s passion for youth education brought a heightened awareness to provide services with no financial barriers to those in need. By donating his beloved Rancho Esquon to the Community Youth Center, its operations provide funding for several youth-oriented charities for the financially disadvantaged. Also, through his Hofmann Family Foundation, he developed and funded many other conservation, education and youth-oriented programs.
Mr. Hofmann’s vision was to create a world-class conservation and education institution that would inspire and educate for generations. Establishing the Pacific Flyway Center in the Suisun Marsh was part of Mr. Hofmann’s desire to do something great “for the planet!”