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The Hansen Group

Changing Spaces
The Hansen Group is seeing changes in its customers'
kitchen spaces, Partner Wayne Jones says. The addition of more efficient equipment that can perform
multiple functions in less space has led to a trend
of saving space in a shrinking retail environment.
Customers are approaching the company with smaller
and smaller kitchens. Even the seating spaces are
designed to meet the needs of millennials who want
their food quickly to maximize social experiences.

have an open-door policy, which I love!" she adds. "It's an
amazing place to come to work every day."
The partners of the organization feel a closeness to their
employees and regularly attend events together, including
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show. "We will usually travel to Orlando, or wherever the event is held and rent several houses beside each
other. We thrive on our time shared as a group," Jones says.
"I really enjoy attending all of the trade shows, conferences, or sales meetings and walking in with our whole
crew," he states. "I couldn't be prouder of all of them."
But the company is selective when choosing recruits to
join the team. "I don't stare at their resumes and look at
just their education level," Jones says. "The first thing we
pay attention to is whether or not they fit in within our family core environment."

"I'm a big believer in what
we've done to bring more
youth to the industry."
When they make mistakes, Jones and his senior managers
share the blame. "It's probably the result of something my
partners or myself are not doing," he says. "It's usually because someone needs more training and direction."
The Hansen Group plans to continue its growth. "We're
looking at what areas we can go to and further focus on the
various segments that we sell," Jones says.
The company will adjust and hire more young associates,
he predicts. "I'm a big believer in what we've done so far
in trying to bring more youth to the industry," Jones says.
"Whether [they are] male or female, I'm going to do what's
right for us."
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