In the first of a new series highlighting a remarkable local family each issue, we introduce you to the Hohmans – a family of six that is always on the move
He’s a University of Florida Gator; she’s a Rebel from the University of Mississippi. A month after their first date, she moved from the Central Florida area to Nashville, Tennessee. Nothing personal – her lease was up, and the singer in her soul wanted to experience the magic of Music City.
But in the end, love won over, and Lake Mary’s Sarah and Wes Hohman, together with their four children, ranging in ages from 5 to 12, have become an integral part of the community they adore.
“We love Seminole County,” says Sarah, who is the executive director of marketing strategy at AdventHealth, a role she describes as her dream job. “I went through the Leadership Seminole program [which Sarah will chair in 2021] when we were living in Lake County. Then I got Wes involved. We realized we had to move here. The schools, the people, and the neighborhoods are great.”
When Sarah and Wes met in 2005, she was an ad rep assigned to call on a chiropractic office in Leesburg. Wes, an associate there at the time, met with Sarah, and they hit it off. And while Sarah may have moved away shortly after their initial date, a long-distance relationship ensued.
“We talked on the phone a lot,” she explains. “We got to know each other. We share the same values. We both wanted kids. He wanted eight, I told him four was enough.”
Wes, a sixth-generation Lake County Floridian who now owns his own chiropractic office in downtown Lake Mary, says the romantic in him will do anything to assure Sarah’s happiness. He based his marriage proposal to Sarah on a scavenger hunt during one of his many trips to Nashville. Wes was waiting at the finish line with a ring.
They chose the Orlando area in which to settle down, and the couple married in 2007. Their first child, Emma Kay, now 12, arrived the next year. She was followed by Hudson (now 10), Major (8), and Collins (5). The three youngest Hohmans attend Wilson Elementary, while Emma Kay is a Markham Woods Middle School student.
Two Paths, One Finish Line
Originally from Arkansas, Sarah admits the family’s journey has been one of fate, with each twist leading to the life they live – and love – today.
“When I was in high school, I thought I would be a famous singer,” Sarah says.
The songstress dream was not far-fetched. As a child, Sarah began singing in church and her innate talent became evident as she grew. She received a choral scholarship to attend Ole Miss.
While that career may not have become a reality, she still croons now and again and serves as Worship Leader at her church. And in December, Sarah had the thrill of performing with her band at the AdventHealth Gala, opening for Amy Grant and Vince Gill at a live, drive-in concert.
Wes had his eyes on sports as a youngster, especially baseball, walking on at the UF following an all-state selection in high school. But medicine was his true calling.
“Every little boy’s dream is to play sports, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to apply what I learned in sports to help people stay active and healthy,” says Wes.
Wes earned his undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science at UF, followed by a doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange. He opened his practice in 2012.
“I love how businesses work with each other in Lake Mary,” he says. “The growth we’ve had is eye-opening and rewarding. Plus, it’s a great place to raise a family. Lake Mary has a small-town feel, and that’s how I grew up.”
Wes, a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Seminole County, also serves as defensive coordinator for the Tiny Mites of Lake Mary’s Pop Warner football program, coaching his son Major, who is a running back and defensive lineman.
The Hohmans’ older son, Hudson, plays tight end and defensive back in the Junior Pee Wee Division. Collins is on the cheer squad, while Emma Kay plays lacrosse for the North Seminole Blazers.
As a family, the Hohmans do everything together. They ride bikes on area trails, work out as a team, and love watching sports. But when it comes to college football, the family is not always on the same page.
“Wes brainwashed the kids to be Gator fans,” Sarah laughs. “But they still have to cheer for Ole Miss, too.”
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