Meet the Instructor: David Hoffman

Meet David Hoffman, director of the AIM Institute, recently sat down to share more about his life outside of work.

Share how you were inspired to get into our industry? Honestly I just wanted to do something different than the norm. Most of my high school friends were going into either electrical or mechanical engineering, so I figured that job market would be flooded with people. But at the time, plastics engineering was new and different…plus they boasted about 100% job placement. That certainly helped sway me to that field of study.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? 

My hobbies mainly consist of hunting and raising my 3 kids. They keep me plenty busy enough with teenage drama, sports, and art lessons. In what little time I have to myself, I will take walks around my property to enjoy the woods and wildlife, and occasionally take my 1979 Mustang Pace Car out for a spin. This is the first car I ever bought, which I have had since I was 16 years old.

What’s something that you’ve always wanted to 
learn or try? 
I would have loved to learn to speak another language fluently. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and still remember some key phrases, but could never speak it fluently. I tried to speak fluently once during a business trip to Mexico in the mid-90’s, but I only ended up insulting the taxi driver with my version of the dialect. When I traveled to Europe for business, I was always impressed how they could speak not only two different languages fluently, they could often speak 3 or 4 languages.

Best trip you’ve ever been on? 
Any vacation trip with my 3 kids…we always have fun together and it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and school.
Share a fun (or funny) story that has happened while working with AIM/Beaumont. 
I traveled to Japan for work many years ago by myself. I did not know a soul and only knew a few words in Japanese. Once I finally found my way to the hotel, I was hungry…and thirsty. So I went up to the restaurant, which appeared to be closed as I was the only person in there. But I sat at the bar and ordered a beer and some food. The bartender could not communicate well with me as he did not speak English nor did I speak Japanese. So I sat there by myself enjoying the beer and food. Then an older Japanese gentleman came into the bar area and sat down. I watched the bartender open a cabinet and pull out a bottle of Sake and set it down by the gentleman, which I found a bit odd as he seemed to have his own personal bottle. A little time went on and the bartender sat a shot glass near my and poured me a glass of Sake out of the gentleman’s bottle and motioned that it was “on him”. I turned to the man, toasted him, and took a drink. After that, we were like best buds. He moved over to beside me. He did not speak a lick of English and I did not speak a lick of Japanese, but we communicated as best we could. I drew pictures to show him where I was from, and he did the same. Turns out he was from Okinawa and was there on business. He frequents the place so much they gave him his own bottle of Sake! We sat and talked and laughed and drank more Sake until we finally said our goodbyes. I will remember that trip always…it gave me the belief that no matter where you are in the world, there are kind people willing to open up to you and learn about your life. On the way home, I stopped in the Duty Free store and found the bottle of Sake we were drinking from. This one had the English translation on it, which read “Mumblings of an Old Man”. I laughed as I thought back to the time we spent together.