Director, Yuma Chamber of Commerce
Born: September 24th, 1955 in Yuma, Colorado
Graduated from Yuma High School in 1974.
Graduated from Hastings College in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Performance, both instrumental and vocal.
1978 to 1980 I taught instrumental music in Milford, Nebraska. I also coached girl's basketball and boy's track, as well as driving a school bus.
In 1980, my wife and I moved to Yuma and I went into business with my father. Since this time, we have remodeled or built more than 400 properties in Yuma. We have given many people the opportunity to learn a trade, many going on to a successful career of their own.
My wife LuAnne and I were married in 1976 while still attending Hastings College. LuAnne has a degree in Elementary Education and taught for a few years until we decided to start a family of our own. We have one son, Jason, who is the IT director for a large construction company in Denver. We also have a cat named Rowdy. A few years ago we moved into our 12th house. I think we might be done moving. I have never used an architect and do all my own plans. My favorite phrase is KISS, “keep it simple stupid”. The Hoch family has been present in Yuma for four generations. H.C. Hoch, my great grandfather, homesteaded here in the late 1800's and started the lumberyard in 1893.
I love the town of Yuma and the people who live here. It is wonderful we are able to buy just about anything we need right here in Yuma. Remodeling houses and buildings is in my blood and I plan to continue this path. A lot of changes have taken place in Yuma and the building field over the past few decades and I have been witness to many of them.
Since moving back to Yuma I have served on the Hospital Board, The Yuma Community Foundation Board, The University of Colorado School of Medicine Advisory Committee, The Presbyterian Church Session, and the Yuma Chamber of Commerce Board.
“When people ask me “Why Yuma?” My reply is “It is hard to beat paradise.”