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CEO of Austin-Based Video Game Studio “Certain Affinity” Joins Refugee Services of Texas Board of Directors

Max Hoberman, renowned for his pioneering work on blockbuster franchises like Halo and Call of Duty, will serve on the board of the state’s largest refugee resettlement agency

Refugee Services of Texas is proud to welcome Max Hoberman, founder and CEO of Certain Affinity, to the 2022 Board of Directors.

Known for his significant contributions to the gaming industry, Hoberman founded Austin-based video game studio Certain Affinity as a bootstrap startup in 2006 and has grown it into the largest independent game developer in the state. The company has worked on AAA games such as Halo and Call of Duty and has led or co-developed more than 30 products over a dozen franchises, with combined sales of more than 150 million units.

“Not only does Max bring technical expertise and decades of business experience to Refugee Services of Texas, he is also bringing his heart,” said Russell Smith, LMSW, CEO of Refugee Services of Texas. “Max has been active with our Advisory Council, and he and his wife have given of their time to volunteer with RST. We are thrilled to bring someone with so much compassion and experience to RST to help guide us through one of the most pressing moments in the history of resettlement.”

Hoberman will leverage his wealth of business leadership experience and an intimate experience with resettlement – both as a volunteer and former advisory board member with Refugee Services of Texas and as the husband of an immigrant – to help RST navigate uncharted waters as the agency expands to San Antonio in early 2022.

Hoberman is one of seven new board members elected to serve two-year terms on the 18-member board. The new board members will join RST at a critical time as agencies across the U.S. scramble to resettle the unexpected influx of refugees from Afghanistan and others from across the globe.

Hoberman began his term in January 2022.

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