This year, David Hoover has been named the most interesting man in League City, and with good reason. He is an expert in the field of planning with years of experience, has lived in multiple cities across the country and has a love for pelicans, corvettes and the beach.
What do you do?
The divisions within my department are planning, building, neighborhood services, GIS and economic development. We really oversee the development process of the city, growth, and redevelopment.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Dealing with people and being able to be part of the process to see things happen. Sometimes even before the idea, the best part is creating an idea and seeing it all the way to the end when you actually see it grow. In planning, you have to have knowledge base and knack to work with people and different opinions. My niche is development and I know that’s what I’m supposed to be doing.
What is your background?
I spent all of my professional career between the public sector and private sector in construction and development. In school, I started at the University of Texas and finished at the University of Houston. I started in business and finished in political science. I’ve worked at different cities, starting at the city of Galveston. I’ve worked on the coast, west Texas, metroplex and now League City, almost back where I started. I also worked in South Padre Island, that was a lot of fun. I left there to go to Allen where I met John Baumgartner. When I retired from the city of Allen, Bo Bass replaced me, so that’s how we all met each other, I worked with John for 8 years. Now we’re one big happy family here!
Where are you from?
I’m from Galveston, I was born in Florida, but was only there until I was 6 months old. I lived in Rhode Island until I was 5. My mom was from Rhode Island and my dad was from Sherman, Texas.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like being on the water whether it’s on boats or jet skiing.
You seem to love pelicans, why is that?
I grew up in Galveston on the beach and I always saw pelicans all over the place. They’re kind of fascinating to watch. They go in the same patterns and they generally go down the same road they’ve created in the air, so it’s interesting to watch them. I have a lot of pelican stuff.
You also love Corvettes:
I love Corvettes, I’ve liked them since I was a little kid and we’re about the same age. They came out around when I was born. I used to see them all the time driving by the beach, watching the show Route 66. I’ve had corvettes since I was out of college, I’ve had 14 of them in total.
Describe yourself in three words:
Motivated, creative and intuitive.
Fun fact about yourself?
When I lived in Rhode Island as a young kid I used to go out with my uncle who was a contracto. That was instilled with me before I decided the area I was going to go into. One of the ironies is that I never knew that there was such thing as a city planner until I was in the development world and I discovered that. I was working for a large company and I realized I was on the wrong team, I wanted to be on the city side where I could make a difference. I didn’t know it was out there.
Family life: I’ve been married to Katie for 16 years, and we have two daughters who live in Oklahoma with two grandkids, one girl one boy. We also have a little dog named Riky.