David Hocher

Feb 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
Aztec King

The 80-person island of Staniel Cay—a tiny spit of land among the inlets and cays that extend north from Exuma—is a pretty great place to be a kid. Just ask Hocher, 38, who grew up 300 yards from the resort his family owns, the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a nine-bungalow hotel with a marina, restaurant, and private air service. "Freediving and spearfishing were a big part of my childhood," he says. "Snorkeling, walking to the other side of the island to find an empty beach—I basically did all the same things our guests do now." Hocher wasn't always set on taking over the family business, but after earning an M.B.A. and spending three years as a banker in New York, he reconsidered. "Friends were like 'Hell, that's a no-brainer.' "

Vintage hat; Printed Button-Down Shirt ($65) by Lucky Brand; Jack Dark Pipeline Wash jeans ($216) by True Religion; Largo sandals ($60) by Sperry Top-Sider

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