Public Engagement

Tom and Shawn Hoban have been recognized as brothers who have been able to get along well through a journey together while effectively extending their family values out into the marketplace through their business, philanthropic and other activity, making them popular speakers in faith-based circles, industry events tied to innovation, college campuses, and leadership development settings.

Most often, they do not charge for their speaking engagements, viewing their role as speakers as an obligation to give-back and serve others in their ambitious quest to favorably touch the lives of over 1,000,000 people.

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Speaker Bios:

Tom Hoban, Chairman & Co-founder

Tom is a popular speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurship as well as sharing their recent work inside Coast Innovation Center.

In his popular talk to college students titled “How to Succeed in Business Without Losing Your Soul” Tom is candid if not raw and honest with students.  “I am probably not a great example myself, but I have tried to do things the right way” is his opener, capturing audiences with an acknowledgement of his own frailties, mistakes and shortcomings while uniting the audience around the shared goal of striving to do the right thing always in a sometimes unkind world.   A great story teller and powerful stage presence, audiences often remark that Tom is unusually candid, open, and real.

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Some of Tom’s favorite speaking environments are where he can influence the trajectory of the lives of youth.  His Why not me? story that changed the trajectory of his life from small mill town kid to the halls of The University of Notre Dame and then on into business success is compelling if not inspiring to youth.

Recent bookings have been tied to HFO’s early success with Coast Innovation Center and efforts to bring new and emerging technologies and processes to the property and facility management industries to drive higher margins and better outcomes for investors in income producing real estate.

Tom is also a columnist, freelance writer, and former adjunct professor of entrepreneurship, giving him a broad platform with which he is able to connect with others.

The brother’s entrepreneurial spirit has spawned a group of award-winning firms specializing in helping investors and companies invest and manage their capital in income properties throughout the Pacific Northwest.   Today, their group of companies manages over $5 billion of apartment, commercial, retail and other income producing assets, providing jobs for over 500 families.  A former Family Enterprise Institute Washington State Family Business of the Year award winner, the brothers and their firms have been recognized leaders in the Pacific Northwest property management and investment communities.  In 2003, their alma mater, The University of Notre Dame, recognized them as co-alumnae of the year.

Tom has served on or is currently serving on a number of boards, including Archbishop Murphy High School (vice chair), the Boys & Girls Clubs (president), Santa Clara University Real Estate School (founding member), The Washington State University Everett Advisory Board, the Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board and many others.

After earning a BA-Finance from The University of Notre Dame in 1984, Tom spent three years as a commercial lending officer at First Interstate Bank (Wells Fargo) before going to work for a client in property management.  After just nine short months with that firm, he saw the market need for a differently styled property management firm and launched Coast Property Management.  Shawn joined him just a few months later.

Tom’s passion is basketball.   He wrote about his love affair with the sport in Notre Dame Magazine and continues to play.

Tom and his wife, Margaret, have two grown sons and a daughter.  The two are very active with family and enjoy living in a natural setting amongst a native population on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle where entertaining family and friends, crab boils, and outdoor activities on the water keep them busy.

Shawn Hoban, CPM®, CCIM, CEO & Co-founder

Shawn is the glue and integrator that pulls together and develops then executes strategy around the shared vision that he and Tom might conceive together.

Gifted with a great mind and passion for taking complicated situations and making them simple,   Shawn Hoban comes to speaking engagements as an industry expert and terrific business mind.

Shawn’s speaking style is focused, if not intellectual and compelling.  Academic and industry expert type settings are ideal fits for Shawn, although his talks to youth and family office events often bring attendee’s to tears as he talks about his years in business, as a father of four, and understanding how to find a more fulfilling form of success that measures more than just financial gain.

Shawn is both a Certified Property Manager® with the Institute of Real Estate Management® and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member®, the two highest certifications in both disciplines.  A former Top 40 Under 40 selection by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Shawn has been a leader in driving ethics into how Coast does business at every level.  His unique approach has helped the company win some local and national awards as well, including The Washington State Family Business of the Year award and Alumni of the Year for his alma mater, The University of Notre Dame.

Shawn has served on a number of boards, including The Fulcrum Foundation (Trustee), The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association (National Director), Archbishop Murphy High School (Chair), and many others.

After earning a BA-Finance from The University of Notre Dame in 1988, Shawn spent a year as a regional sales director for a national pharmaceutical company in Chicago, Ill before joining Tom.

Shawn and his wife, Kathie, have four grown daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.  Shawn is particularly competitive and basketball has been his passion.  A natural athlete, Shawn and Kathie keep active running, traveling and entertaining friends and family at their beachfront home on the Puget Sound.

Examples of speaking engagements and other public exposure:

August, 2018


May 2, 2016

University of Notre Dame: 
On Entrepreneurism

November 11, 2015

Central Christian College:
Are You Resilient? (scroll to 12:30)

May 14, 2014

University of Portland: 
Tribute Event (scroll to 4:00)


Maureen Hoban’s Inspirational 2001 Alumnus of the Year Awards Ceremony Speech: About being a first generation college attendee

June 26, 2014

Third & Goal Foundation:  Brady Quinn & Tom Hoban

Where We’re Published:

Seattle BusinessHerald NetNotre Dame Magazine

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