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bob hoig a Visionary BoB is a historian and passionate aBout his country and his Business. BoB is a friend, a visionary, a risk-taker and a great Businessman. ~ JOHN BOTHOF PRESIDENT, NORTHWEST BANK
as owner and publisher of the MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, the regional weekly Business newspaper he founded in 1975, roBert gregg “BoB” hoig has Become a well-known figure in the community who’s Been lauded repeatedly for his professional and ciVic accomplishments. in the last five years alone, hoig was inducted into the greater omaha chamber of commerce’s Business hall of fame, selected as the omahan of the year by the suburban rotary club of omaha, and doubly honored by the omaha press club as part of the first father-daughter “faces on the Barroom floor” (with andee hoig, publisher of metroQUARTERLY) and by being inducted into the organization’s hall of fame. as he approaches his 85th birthday in september, hoig can reflect on a remarkable life. But what’s most remarkable now for him is life. after a heart attack, several strokes and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year, his prognosis was grim. his heartbroken family was making hospice arrangements and preparing themselves for the painful task of planning memorial services in the midst of their grief. But hoig surprised everyone. instead of mourning the end of his life, the family is delighted to be supporting him as he makes an incredible and unexpected recovery. “to me, he’s come back to life,” andee hoig said. “that he’s still here and doing great is amazing.” it’s not the first time hoig has amazed the people around him. it’s not even the first time he’s beaten the odds medically. when hoig was two years old and critically ill, his grandparents—who were raising him at the time—were told “flat-out that my chances were one in a thousand,” he said. But “it was a bit of luck having the grandparents i had,” hoig said. “granddad worked for the missouri pacific railroad.” what sounds like a minor biographical fact was actually an extremely fortunate situation: hoig’s grandfather’s employment meant his grandson could be admitted to a particular hospital that just happened to have a physician on staff with the rare expertise needed to treat him. in short, hoig lost a kidney instead of his life. and he hasn’t slowed down since.
Published on Jul 30, 2017
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