HOMETOWN: Sandy, OR
Todd Hoffman came up with his plan to mine for gold in Alaska in 2010 after watching the steady decline of his aviation business in Oregon. While the economy stalled, he watched the price of gold rise and rise. Inspired by his father Jack's own gold mining adventures back in the 1980s, which ended in failure, Todd sourced a viable gold claim and then assembled a team of his unemployed buddies and the equipment they would need to start a full-scale mining operation.
With a strong belief in God and the American dream, Todd initially led his team to success. For three seasons he steadily accumulated mining know-how, sharpened his unique skill for deal making, and welcomed new members to his crew. Todd then took a massive risk: he staked all his earnings on a mining operation in Guyana, South America. On arrival, Todd found claim jumpers had illegally poached all the gold from the mine he had leased. It was then one disaster after another, as Todd searched for viable ground, and the Hoffman crew came home empty handed.
After the disastrous season in the jungle Todd managed to rally his team last year and rose from the ashes smashing their 1000oz goal to bring home 1349oz. This season Todd wants to go big, he wants to bring in more gold than ever before to finally reward his team for their years of loyalty. Perhaps Todd's biggest challenge this year will be striking a balance between bringing home big gold and a desire to spend more time with his family, and be a better husband and father.