Wichita Business Journal – May 1, 2019 – Written by Josh Heck. Read the original published story here.
Craig Hanson spent his summers as a teenager cleaning pools, moving lawns and painting apartments for the properties Weigand-Omega Management Inc. managed.
But going to work full time for the family business his father, Bob, founded in 1976 was not a foregone conclusion for the younger Hanson after he graduated from the University of Kansas.
He says he wanted to make sure working for Weigand-Omega was something he wanted to do, not felt he had to do.
After a period of discernment, Hanson decided working for Weigand-Omega would give him the chance to continue learning from his dad and allow them to grow the business together.
“We complement each other very well,” Craig Hanson says.
Joining Weigand-Omega came with no guarantees, however. Bob Hanson told his son he would have to prove himself and earn his role in the company.
“He gave me that direction at the onset,” Craig says.
His early experiences with Weigand-Omega provided a breadth of knowledge about the property management company.
Craig Hanson’s first full-time role was as district manager overseeing a large portfolio of apartments and commercial developments, filling what Bob Hanson says was a critical need. Craig Hanson later became vice president and then president. He’s now president at Weigand-Omega and CEO of Omega Senior Living, a subsidiary the Hansons launched in 2016.
Craig Hanson’s brother, Chris, is a silent partner in Weigand-Omega and provides consulting for the business. Bob Hanson is CEO of Weigand-Omega and chairman of board for Omega Senior Living.
The company’s family mentality also extends beyond the Hanson name.
Growing the company continues to be a priority. The 2017 addition of an Iowa resort signified a move into another market segment following the launch of Omega Senior Living.
Founded as Omega Management Inc., the business emphasized multifamily property management. Later additions in the commercial market, such as office buildings and small shopping centers, led to the creation of a devoted commercial department. Weigand-Omega also has property management contracts for hotels and small warehouse facilities.
Omega Management later became Weigand-Omega to better reflect its relationship with real estate brokerage J.P. Weigand & Sons Inc. Nestor Weigand, that company’s board chairman and CEO, is chairman of the Weigand-Omega board.
Today, Weigand-Omega employs 375 people and provides management for 3.5 million square feet of commercial space and 7,500 apartments in 11 states.
— Josh Heck