Kurt W. Hoeft, Partner, EasyIT

My father, Bill Hoeft, was a teacher in Cincinnati schools for 30 years and has taught trade and life skills to hundreds of kids. As a vocational teacher, he did not have a stereotypical teaching career. His program was oftentimes viewed as a “last chance” for kids with nowhere else to turn due to delinquency, handicap or background. Yet, he would find a way to reach and teach them all. When his program lacked funding, Bill would solicit local business for support and supplies. When his students graduated he worked hard to place every student in a permanent position; even going as far as to fight intolerant trade unions on behalf of female and minority students. As a child, I remember his adult students driving to our house, sitting on our front porch and thanking Bill Hoeft for changing their lives. He really did make a difference.