Hobbs, Inc. is a family-owned business for three generations, enjoys a reputation of being “Simply the Best” in high-end home construction. It is an American story, having started from humble beginnings before growing into the award-winning professional firm it is today.
Ted with sons Ned & Mike, 1943
His success with small jobs led to larger, more complex projects that brought recognition to the company. In 1959, Ted partnered with renowned architect Edward Durell Stone to create a display home for the Celanese Corporation, constructed exclusively using that company’s innovative materials. It is catalogued in the Smithsonian Institution and was featured in several magazines, including the “House and Garden” October 1959 issue.
Ted, Mike & Scott Hobbs, circa 1993
All three of Mike’s sons, Mike Jr., Scott and Ian, were involved in the company as teenagers doing summer labor at jobsites, learning the trade from the masters of the home building industry. Family businesses present unique challenges, and Mike invested a great deal of effort and time into a succession plan to minimize complications and keep the business running smoothly. He made sure that his sons knew they were welcome to join the business if they so desired, but they would first be required to venture into the outside working world for at least one year before making that commitment. After serving in the U.S. Army, Scott decided to follow his father into the business in 1992. Five years later, Ian also joined the family firm. (Mike, Jr. is an intellectual property attorney in Atlanta, GA.)
Scott & Ian Hobbs
Today, Scott and Ian act as partners and are in close consultation with their employees, especially COO Walter Lorenz, who joined the firm with Scott in 1992 and has been a key executive for the last 25 years.