The ECHL has announced approval of the transfer of controlling interest in the Florida Everblades‘ membership, which goes from a group led by Peter Karmanos to a group led by David Hoffmann. The transfer was approved by the league’s Board of Governors.
“On behalf of the League, I’d like to thank Peter Karmanos for bringing ECHL hockey and Hertz Arena to Southwest Florida over 20 years ago,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “The Everblades have been one of the most successful ECHL teams both on and off the ice during his ownership, and we look forward to the expansion of that success with the Hoffmann family and their commitment to the Southwest Florida region.”
The Hoffmann Family Of Companies owns the following companies in Southwest Florida and employs over 1,000 people locally: Sunmaster, Naples Transportation & Tours, Signs & Things, Naples Princess, Adelheidi’s Organics, Tacos & Tequila Cantina, EventLux, WeddingLux, GlobalWorks, The Bevy, Kaleidoscope Floral, Hoffmann Executive Suites, Coral Cay Adventure Golf, Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate, Everglades Excursions, Hoffmann Creative Agency, Port ‘O Call Marina, and Segway of Naples.
The Hoffmann family owns national corporations including DHR International/Jobplex/Elevate Partners in Chicago and Orange Line Oil in Pomona, California, and other businesses around the globe.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Hoffmann Family of Companies had reached an agreement to purchase the Everblades and their home facility, Hertz Arena. A number of upgrades are set to take place at Hertz Arena for the 2019-20 season, including the installation of a new center-hung videoboard, suite renovations, the installation of a new audio system, and more.
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