Howard & Hoffman, Inc. was founded in 1906 when Clement W. Howard and William M. Hoffman formed a partnership on March 3, in Washington, DC. At the time, both men worked for the Firemen's Insurance Company of Washington and Georgetown. Howard, 60, was Secretary and CEO and Hoffman, 33, was the Assistant Secretary.
The desire to form the agency came from their desire to better serve their customers. In 1906 a gentleman from the Dodge Hotel Corporation came into the Firemen's office looking for a policy to cover his new hotel. Unfortunately, he needed $100,000 of coverage, and Firemen's capacity at the time was only $5,000. When Mr. Hoffman told him that they could only insure $5,000 of his hotel and that he would have to go elsewhere to insure the rest, the gentleman got very upset.
Mr. Howard and Mr. Hoffman decided that the gentleman was right, they should be able to serve all of his insurance needs. They decided to form an agency representing larger multi-line insurance companies that could provide the coverage needed. Unhappily, Clement W. Howard did not get to see his new agency grow and prosper. He died the year after its founding. Hoffman died in 1951, having devoted 60 years to the insurance industry.
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In 1980, while still in high school, Scott M. Hoffman started working summers at the agency, becoming the fourth generation of the Hoffman family. He started working at the agency full-time in 1986 after graduating from St. Stephen's High School and earning his B.S. degree from the E. Claiborne School of Business of the University of Richmond. He started as an assistant in the Personal Lines Department and later went on to sales for both personal and commercial lines.
In 1989, Scott was promoted to Treasurer and elected to the Board of Directors. In 1993, he successfully completed the required courses and was awarded his Certified Insurance Councilors (CIC) designation from the Professional Insurance Agents Association. In 2005, Scott was elected as President of the D.C. Insurance Agents Association. He loves cars and motorcycles and is an advanced driving instructor for the BMW car club. In addition, Scott is an avid barefoot water skier. If you like to water ski, or want to learn, give him a call, he loves to teach people.
In 1982, like his brother Scott, William (Willy) G. Hoffman, Jr. started working summers at the agency while still attending high school. He started working full-time at the agency in 1991 after graduating from St. John's College High School and earning his B.S. degree in Business from Mt. St. Mary's College. He started working in the Personal Lines Department, then went into sales for both personal and commercial lines.
In 1994 Willy was promoted to Asst. Vice-president and elected to the Board of Directors. In 1997 he was promoted to Vice-President and Secretary and was also awarded the CIC designation. If he is not in the office, Willy is probably playing with his two children, coaching youth soccer, playing lacrosse, taking photographs (most of the photos on this website are his), working in his wood shop, or barefoot water-skiing.
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