Joseph Hobson, director of flooring operations at OFDC Commercial Interiors, has been named a 40 Under 40 honoree by Business Observer.
Each year, the publication selects 40 individuals under 40 years old who represent the next generation of business leaders along Florida’s gulf coast. Honorees represent numerous industries in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Tampa and surrounding communities.
Hobson joined OFDC Commercial Interiors in 2015 as a flooring estimator and operations assistant. In 2017, he was promoted to flooring account executive, and in 2020, he became the youngest member of OFDC’s management team after assuming the role of director of flooring operations, overseeing a department of 15 employees that completes flooring projects for medical facilities, resorts, schools, retail centers and other commercial businesses.
Outside of work, Hobson is a foster parent and active community volunteer whose service activities include mentoring troubled youth, collecting food for local food pantries, donating school supplies for area children and providing Christmas gifts for families in need.
“It’s humbling to be included among this group of rising business and community leaders, but it’s also satisfying to know the future of our community will be in good hands,” Hobson said. “Our region’s economy is strong because there is strong leadership across business, government, education, nonprofits, manufacturing and other industries.”
Under Hobson’s leadership, OFDC’s flooring division has realized a 165% growth rate while expanding to serve commercial clients from Marco Island through Bradenton, a territory that covers 10 counties.
“OFDC has become the leading flooring supplier and installer in Southwest Florida, and that’s due to Joseph’s ability to effectively lead his team while connecting with business leaders across the region,” said Joe Gammons, OFDC’s president and CEO. “There is a lot of competition in the flooring business, but Joseph has established a division known for offering superior flooring solutions, responsive customer service and quality workmanship.”
In 2022, Business Observer honored individuals who are entrepreneurial, even if they don’t own their own businesses.
“We wanted our list to stand apart as a group of young professionals who aren’t afraid to take charge and take risks in their business,” said Kat Hughes, Business Observer’s executive editor. “They are willing to try new things and put their ideas into action. To us, this is what it means to be a business leader, and we feel these 40 individuals embody that spirit.”
To read Business Observer’s 40 Under 40 feature, please visit BusinessObserverFL.com/spotlight/40-under-40.