Who is Glenn Hoover?

Glenn Hoover Biography

Glenn Hoover, born the son of a US Marine and legal secretary in New River, North Carolina, was raised in the upstate rural community of Vestal, New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering ’66 and a BS in Hotel Administration ’72.

As a member of Army ROTC at Cornell, he was commission into the United States Army Reserves with a two-year active duty obligation.  After serving 12 months as a Basic Training Officer at Ft. Ord, California, he was transferred to Vietnam, were he was first assigned as an infantry platoon leader in the 1st Infantry Division, later being transferred with his battalion to the 9th Infantry Division.  In addition to his role as Platoon Leader, he served as Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, acting Company Commander, Battalion Duty Officer and Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2) before returning to the States in January of 1969.  He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge among other service and unit decorations.

After returning to the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, he began a 32-year career in the hospitality industry as a general manager, building and managing hotels and resorts, in Cleveland, Ohio, Niagara Falls, NY,  Albuquerque, NM, Tucson, AZ, Columbia, SC, Suffern, NY, Golf Shores, AL, Charleston, SC, Miami, FL and Key Largo, FL.

In 2004 Glenn left the hospitality business and obtained his Florida real estate associates license, managing one of the premier Florida Keys offices for Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Company, receiving the Coldwell Banker Diamond Society award, performing in the top 13% of all Coldwell Banker Associates across the country.  In 2008 he achieved his broker’s license and established Glenn Hoover Real Estate, LLC, specializing in residential real estate in the Florida Keys.

Since moving to the Keys in 1997, Glenn has had 15 years of service in the Florida Association of Athletic Official, officiating high school athletic contests in football, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball.  He has been active in Little League organizations, a lay leader at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church, and enjoyed leadership roles in both the Key Largo American Legion Post 333 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10211.

Glenn also enjoys photography, and in 2016 was convinced by a friend to put together a photography exhibition of images he had captured with his 35mm camera while serving in Vietnam.  Called “Innocent Souls: Vietnam 1968,” the exhibition enjoyed successful showings in museums, universities, libraries and other public venues from Florida to New York, including having been on display in the “Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum” for 3 months in the fall of 2018.

Glenn is the father of a daughter and three sons, and enjoys eight grandchildren.

President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn view Glenn’s “Innocent Souls: Vietnam 1968” photo exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library