Mr. Hansen initially joined the RSL ownership group in October 2009, spending three years as a minority partner before acquiring full ownership of the team in January 2013. Since joining the RSL ownership ranks, Mr. Hansen has worked closely with RSL President Bill Manning and the management team regarding the direction and strategy of each business unit, as well as the potential real estate development around Rio Tinto Stadium.
“Just over three years ago, I was very proud to join Dave Checketts in the world of Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer,” Mr. Hansen said after acquiring the team outright in January 2013. “Today, the chance to further deepen my participation in the growth of professional soccer in North America is incredibly exciting. My enthusiasm for this sport started long ago with my family, and now I am proud that our investment now includes the entire Real Salt Lake family – starting with our incredible fan base – as we work together representing the great State of Utah.”
The president of Wasatch Property Management, Inc., Mr. Hansen is a lifelong Utah resident with deep roots in Cache Valley. His passion to build youth athletic facilities led to the creation of the Sports Academy in North Logan in 1999. Many truly outstanding swimmers, soccer and tennis players have developed their skills at Sports Academy. Personal success is at the root of the Academy experience and reflects Mr. Hansen’s core values.
Under former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, Hansen served nine years on the State’s Board of the Department of Business and Economic Development, two of those years as Chairman. During that time he came to appreciate the great business opportunities that exist in Utah.
Mr. Hansen founded Wasatch Property Management, Inc. in 1988 and has served as the company’s President since its inception, with corporate headquarters located in Logan, Utah. Wasatch currently employs approximately 600 employees, managing 52 multi-family residential communities with approximately 12,000 apartment units, 5 condominium developments, and 20 commercial buildings with 2.4 million of rental square footage throughout the western United States. Wasatch and its affiliated investor-owned entities maintain a real estate portfolio in excess of $1.2 Billion.
Mr. Hansen is also an owner in nearly a dozen venture companies, with approximately 900 employees located across Utah, Idaho and California. The companies range from a recycling and waste disposal company in Sacramento, Calif.; several sports clubs throughout Utah and Idaho, a plastic injection & molding company, a wood milling company and a golf course in Utah; and one of the largest utility management and billing companies in the United States.