Hoffman Hits the Ground Running

Eric Hoffman, EI, will serve as a staff engineer based in the Spearfish, South Dakota, office. With over 20 years of experience managing large and small projects, Eric brings leadership skills and real-life experience to the team. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota State School of Mines and Technology, he focused on water resources as well as construction management.


Eric Hoffman, EI

Staff Engineer | Spearfish, SD

Professional Side:

What impact do you hope to make at Interstate Engineering?

I hope to develop client and contractor relationships, making Interstate Engineering the preferred professional in Spearfish and the Black Hills region.

Why did you choose the field you have chosen?

In college, I watched a program on wetland development. Ducks Unlimited was creating a wetland area as part of the show and I said to myself “That is what I want to do.” So I did. 

What is your motto or personal mantra?

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” ― Winston Churchill

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week” — George Patton

Adopting from others these three work well.

Beyond Business:

Tell us a bit about your family.

My wife, Kristine, and I live in the Whitewood, South Dakota, in the house where I grew up. We have two dogs, Sass, a yellow lab, and Winston a border collie, husky mix. An interesting side note regarding Winston, he does hunt birds. My mom, Jackie, lives with us from time to time when she is not in Miles City, Montana, visiting my Sister, Tonya, and her family. A trip to Aberdeen, the hometown of Kristine, is a not too rare occurrence to visit her mother, Betty, and stepdad, Mel, as well as our nephews. 

When you aren’t working, where can you be found?

I am often found hunting, snow skiing, kayaking while fishing (or is it fishing while kayaking), hiking, or generally being outdoors – even if it is relaxing on the back patio. I am a bowler, shooter, and beginner re-loader. As I live in the house where I grew up, you should find me more often in the middle of a remodeling project, yet somehow the above tend to keep that time minimal.

What book do you recommend most?

Wager with the Wind: The Don Sheldon Story by James Greiner

What was the first concert you attended? 

Cinderella, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City