New River Computing Staff

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Hansen Ball

COO and IT Consultant

Hansen is an IT Consultant and COO of New River Computing, having joined the company in May, 2006. Hansen works with Windows servers and desktops, networking, routing, and many other aspects of business technology. He enjoys working and communicating with clients on a day-to-day basis. "For me, it's the personal contact that I enjoy the most. I really like being able to communicate with a user, analyze and then solve the issue, and leave with a better understanding of how people are using their technology throughout the day."

Hansen grew up and attended grade school in Southern Anne Arundel County, in Maryland. Computers have always been an interest, beginning with an Atari 800 in the early 1980's. He started at Virginia Tech in the fall of 1986, where he first met Jeff Wynn, eventually graduating with a BS in Math and a minor in English.

After graduation, Hansen went on to run a restaurant and bar on a dude ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, perform analysis for a casino management company, and organize food costs for a variety of Black Hills restaurants. Hansen finally came back East to take some classes toward a graduate degree in Economics, again at Virginia Tech. He moved on to take his first full time Systems Administration position with the Appalachian Trail Conference, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. (Interestingly, the person leaving that job was none other than Jeff Wynn.) After a few years Hansen moved to Waterborne Environmental in Leesburg, Virginia, performing intensive database consolidation as well as taking care of their Systems Administration needs. After a few years in Leesburg, Jeff mentioned that he was looking for a third person for New River Computing, and so, since 2006, Hansen has lived in Blacksburg, helping local businesses keep their computers and networks running smoothly.