Meet Our Graeters-Loving, Buckeye-Cheering Planner, Nick!

Name: Nick Hoffman
Title: Assistant Project Manager + Planner


Welcome to #teamME! Tell us a little about yourself.

I originally hail from Napoleon, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University with degrees in both Geography (B.A.) and City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.). While in graduate school, I held an internship at the Ohio Department of Transportation and following graduation, I decided to permanently relocate to the Columbus area. For the past 12 years I’ve been employed by the civil engineering firm M•E Companies/IBI Group in Westerville as a professional planner (American Institute of Certified Planners).


OK, now it’s time for some rapid fire.

If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be? Tea with Pope Francis

What’s your spirit animal? Walrus

What was your first job? Wendy’s

What’s the next country you want to travel to? Italy (Or anywhere in Europe)

If you were a Crayola crayon, what would your name be? Fuzzy Wuzzy

Where did you go to college? The Ohio State University (2002, 2004)


Phew. What a doozy. Catch your breath and tell us what you do at MurphyEpson.

I coordinate a range of public involvement projects and manage client accounts.


What do you do outside of work?

I love to read, bake, dabble in graphic arts, cheer on the Buckeyes and spend time with my friends and their children (many of whom refer to me as ‘uncle’ Nick). My ‘other job’ involves volunteering at my parish (Church of the Resurrection) in New Albany, Ohio, with our high school Confirmation and youth ministry programs, overnight retreats, bible studies and other activities.


MurphyEpson has cultivated quite the culture of philanthropy. What’s your favorite way to give back to the community?

Every summer in July I volunteer with a faith-based program called ‘Blest Week Ever.’ This five-day service program involves leading area high school students to serve those in need (within inner-city Columbus) at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, day camps, nursing homes and other social service agencies.


You’ve got one day in Columbus. What do you do?

If attending an OSU football game and tailgate is off the table, I’d want to stop by the Franklin Park Conservatory, grab some lunch at Tommy’s or Adriatico’s Pizza, stroll through OSU’s campus, stop by Graeter’s for some mint-chip ice cream, do some shopping at Easton and finish up with dinner at Cap City Diner.


What’s one piece of advice you would give to an agency newcomer?

Sometimes your workload may seem daunting, but take a breath and focus on one task at a time. I call this the ‘command and conquer’ technique.


Give us a note you’d like to end on.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien


Awesome! To learn more about Nick, connect with him on LinkedIn!