Ag Leadership Council
Neal Hansen is an active investor in small and start up companies, real estate and other entrepreneurial ventures. He is active in the Band of Angels and other deal related entities. Since his retirement from corporate office, Mr Hansen has built, and is active in, a working ranch. He is also active in a number of conservation efforts and projects, economic development and support of youth organizations especially in rural communities. Mr Hansen retired as Chairman and CEO of CSG Systems International, Inc. in 2005. He led the leveraged buyout acquisition of CSG from First Data Resources in 1994. At the time of the acquisition, CSG was an $83 million company, based in Omaha, Nebraska, providing customer care and billing systems to the domestic cable television market and had approximately 550 employees in Omaha. CSG ended 2004 as a $530 million company, based in Denver, Colorado, with over 2,000 total employees; and offices in over 20 countries. CSG had become one of the leading convergent customer care and billing providers to the cable, direct broadcast satellite, telephone, and data services markets. The company went public in March 1996. It had been cited as one of the fastest growing companies in Colorado and Nebraska. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Hansen co-founded Hansen, Haddix and Associates, an advisory management services and private investment firm, where he served as General Partner from 1989 to 1994. In 1984, Mr. Hansen joined Applied Communications, Inc., first as Executive Vice President, to create a successful sales and marketing organization. During his tenure, annual revenues increased from $5 million to $75 million. He eventually became President and CEO of Applied Communications, Inc., which became one of the world’s largest providers of transaction processing software for financial institutions. In addition, he was instrumental in a public offering of ACI and later selling the company to US WEST. After the sale, he remained with US WEST as President of US West Data Systems Group, where he was responsible for the operation and strategic direction of five US WEST software and services companies. Mr. Hansen started building companies in 1971 when he was one of the founders of First Data Resources, Inc. (FDR). He spent 12 years in various senior sales and operating positions, helping develop and grow the company from start up to over $200 million in annual revenues when the company was sold to American Express. Prior to FDR, Mr. Hansen was a Marketing Representative for International Business Machines, and began his business career in 1967 as a Product Engineer for Eastman Kodak. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Hansen is a Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and has served on the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Equine Science at Colorado State University. Prior to college Mr Hansen served in the United States Navy, Submarine Service. Mr. Hansen has been active and served on the boards of numerous professional and service organizations, including the National Cable Television Association, Junior Achievement, Physicians’ Clinic, Nebraska Independent College Foundation, Craig Hospital, Methodist School of Nursing, Methodist Hospital, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Conservative Savings Bank. He has also served as a board member for a number of private corporations.