Will Hansen

Founder & CEO

Hansen Brothers Construction

Fayetteville

Age: 29


Will Hansen

Will Hansen tried the finance world after earning a finance degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and later an MBA. But the hard-hat industry called, so in 2017, Hansen founded Hansen Brothers Construction. The company is actually a reinvention of a construction company his late grandparents, Wade and Peggy Bishop, ran for many years.

As a young boy, Hansen used to tag along with Wade Bishop to construction sites. The transition to a construction company owner was smooth. “We had some lots and some rental properties that I started remodeling,” said Hansen, whose younger brother Matt joined the company last year. “I built a couple of houses. Since then, I have been doing a lot of custom remodels and build-outs.”

Hansen also formed the Carpenter Project, which builds housing for the poor in undeveloped countries. Hansen donates a portion of his construction proceeds to the Carpenter Project, which is currently building housing for refugees in Uganda.

“I like the freedom to try new things,” said Hansen, who built homes in Mexico as a missionary in high school. “I like seeing things come out of nothing. It’s a house that someone gets to live in; that is pretty exciting for me.”