Hansen is not only the founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching but he is also someone who helped pioneer whale watching in California. In the process, he helped to establish Dana Point as one of the most popular places to whale watch. Dana Wharf through Hansen's leadership has been running daily sportfishing trips since the Dana Point Harbor opened in 1971.
As if this were not enough, he has given back to the community in almost every way possible. In short, he brought people together to enjoy the ocean while promoting tourism the the area.
He said, " I am truly honored to receive this award and realize now the impact what we do has on the industry as a whole."