The Hampshire Companies, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey is a privately held, fully integrated real estate firm that has more than 50 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate.
Over 80 years ago, James E. Hanson started the business based on the philosophy that the enterprise needs to be able to succeed in both good and bad economic times. James demonstrated uncanny ability for capitalizing on strategic property locations and emerging business trends and the attendant accretive effect on the value of real estate. Mr. Hanson is credited with developing the first suburban industrial park in the United States, located in Teterboro, New Jersey.
James shared his industry knowledge with his son, Jon F. Hanson, who entered the real estate business in 1959. Jon adopted and augmented his father's investment philosophy by applying financial expertise to real estate investing, expanding and growing the business through the founding of The Hampshire Companies ("Hampshire") in 1976. Today Hampshire is lead by the third generation of the Hanson family with James E. Hanson II serving as the President and CEO.
Over the course of the past 50 years, the Hampshire business has evolved through a number of business phases: from its beginnings as a regional developer, to a national developer and real estate operator, to an investment manager and then to a fund manager. On the foundation of this broad-based real estate experience, Hampshire has now become a fund manager for both institutional and high net worth investors. It currently has approximately $1 billion under management.
Hampshire has 102 real estate professionals dedicated to creating value on behalf of its investors, and currently owns and operates a diversified portfolio of 259 properties in 28 states totaling over 23 million square feet.