Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Asia and cold Rochester NY, Hanson founded Salt Partners, a F&B conglomerate in 2014. Prior to Salt, he spent 10 years as Managing Director at The Hina Group, a China focused private equity firm and investment bank. He graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Siebel Scholar (awarded to top 5 graduates) and Arjay Miller Scholar. He also holds a BA and MA from Stanford. He currently sits on the board of Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Center for Asian America Media, and the advisory board of OpenTable.