XciteSteps Employee Profiles: Stefan Hochfilzer

FILED IN: Our Staff
Name: Stefan Hochfilzer
Title: Co-Founder
Location: San Diego, CA

Staff Profile:

As the founder of Club Xcite, LLC, and co-founder of Xcite Steps, LLC Stefan Hochfilzer has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for individuals with challenges to find academic, social and behavioral support in a fun and natural way. Inspired and motivated, Stefan has set high standards and continues on his purpose, to help others.

Stefan’s passion for working with children stems from an empathy for the kids he serves. As a child challenged with a speech impediment, he, like so many of the children his program assists, was struggling to find opportunities to overcome his obstacles. Youthful role modeling and confidence building through sports was as much the antidote to his challenges as professional speech therapy. He emerged with a maturity that only children who have encountered difficulties can know, and surmounting these challenges paved the way for the future advent of Club Xcite and Xcite Steps.

The result was a young man eager to employ his own mentoring approach in the community. At fifteen, Stefan began teaching tennis, apprenticing under his former coach before setting off on his own. As so many of his clients know, his excitement is infectious and he quickly garnered a stable of clients seeking to enroll their children under him. Just as it had for him, tennis served as a catalyst for Stefan to discover who the children were and who they wanted to become. His youth enabled him to form a fraternal connection that thrives both Xcite programs today.

On the strength of his previous success, Stefan launched his first company in 2002, the Inspired Learning Institute, LLC. This program endorsed the coupling of sports instruction and comprehensive mentoring and offered an assortment of athletic opportunities.

Shortly thereafter Stefan entered the Hass School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and the Inspired Learning Institute would serve as the antecedent of what would become Club Xcite. Upon graduating from Berkeley he entered the corporate world for a year, and finally returned to his first passion, working with children. Club Xcite was founded in 2004 with the vision to provide a balanced one-on-one mentoring service to families. Today, Stefan and Club Xcite remain unique in the way they serve children academically and the success they have found. Stefan’s own experiences have taught him that many schools lack the resources and the ability to innovate in a way that is necessary to reach every child. Club Xcite and Xcite Steps, conversely, are fortunate in their ability to customize services to each child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Piggy backing on the success of Club Xcite, Stefan, with his Partner Matt, founded Xcite Steps, dedicated to serving children with autism and other cognitive or developmental disabilities under the same tenets of customization, mentoring philosophy coupled with ABA and social skills group Therapy. This program’s growth and strength have been equal to its sister’s and he continues to find new ways to innovate and improve children’s opportunities.

Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East Country

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa