Hoffman is new US ambassador to Portugal

US PRESIDENT George W Bush has nominated Alfred Hoffman Jr. to be the new American Ambassador to Portugal. The appointment is now awaiting confirmation from the US Senate, a procedure that is usually a formality.

Alfred Hoffman is founder and chairman of the Board of WCI Communities, Inc. (NYSE: WCI), a Florida based company serving primary, retirement and second home buyers in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Under his guidance, WCI became a leading community developer, home builder and real estate services company with revenue exceeding 1.4 billion dollars.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hoffman served as a fighter pilot during his military career and later earned an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Harvard Business School.

Longtime Bush supporter

Hoffman was also National Co Chair and the Florida State Finance Chairman for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. He also served as Co Chairman of Finance for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee for 2001 and 2003-4.

At state level, Hoffman successfully chaired Florida Victory 2002 and served as Finance Chairman of Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaign in 1998 and 2002. He also served as chairman of the 2003 Florida Inaugural Committee.

Hoffman’s interest and involvement with education, the arts and business span many years and include his tenure as chairman of the Florida Education Foundation, chairman of the Florida Council on Economic Education, founding chairman of Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Centre, trustee of The Florida Arts Council, vice chair of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Hall, founding director of the Council for Educational Change and the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

From 2001 to 2003, he served as chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a forum of strategic thinkers comprised of the state’s top business leaders.

An avid polo player, Hoffman also founded the Tampa Bay Polo Club and was its chairman for 15 years. He and his wife, Dawn, who have five children, live in Fort Myers, Florida.