Hovde on the issues (click each link for more):
Eric is a third-generation Wisconsinite. He was born and raised in Madison and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he studied Economics and International Relations.
Eric is a bold leader who has spent his career in the private sector. He first worked as a financial advisor focused on community banking. Then, at age 24, Eric took a risk, and with just $5,000 he began his own financial advisory firm.
In 1994, Eric took another risk. Using his life’s savings, he bought a controlling stake in Monarch Savings Bank. Eric turned that business around, and since that time, he has invested in several community banks around the country and created hundreds of jobs.
Eric currently serves as chief executive officer and board member for Hovde Properties LLC, which purchases, develops and manages real estate in Wisconsin. Founded by Eric’s grandfather “Inky” in 1933 as I. Hovde Realty Co., Hovde Properties was later led by Eric’s father, Don, a prominent real estate developer who served as undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Reagan Administration.
In addition, he is a significant shareholder and board member of ePlus, Inc., a value-added reseller of technology products.
Eric’s experience in the private sector and his understanding of the interplay between the economy and the financial and real estate markets have led to numerous appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, as well as in the pages of national print publications like The Washington Post.
A Christian with a deep sense of personal responsibility and gratitude, Eric created the Hovde Foundation with his brother, Steve, in 1998. The Hovde Foundation supports clinical research in the race to cure Multiple Sclerosis and provides shelter and supportive services to people in crisis, especially street and neglected children in the United States, Africa and Latin America.
Eric and his wife, Sharon, have two daughters and live on Madison’s West Side. He is a committed husband and father who enjoys skiing, mountain biking and hiking.
The Hovde family attends Bethel Lutheran Church.
Source: Hovde campaign website