Everybody has a story: Love at First Flight

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Zane Hansen and his wife, Fallon, are the busy parents of five children under 8 years old. They met on the airplane as they flew home from their LDS missions in Argentina.

Zane Hansen and his wife, Fallon, are the busy parents of five children under 8 years old. They met on the airplane as they flew home from their LDS missions in Argentina.

Mapleton’s Zane Hansen met his wife on an airplane. Since then Zane’s career has taken off, they have added five kids to the mix and they’ve landed back in Utah and taxied their way to peaceful living.

I grew up in the tiny town of Fountain Green, Utah. I spent my days playing sports in the backyard with my siblings — one brother and five sisters. Having so many sisters gave me a lot of insight into how to treat women, especially my wife, Fallon.

I met Fallon on the plane ride home from our respective LDS missions. I was returning from Mendoza, Argentina, and she was coming back from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I thought she was absolutely gorgeous. We spoke a little bit on the flight and exchanged phone numbers. She was from Colorado but was coming to Utah for school. I called her within 48 hours and we actually attended each other’s homecoming talks at church.

I proposed one month later and we were married shortly after.

One thing that is unique about me is that I never went to one day of college — I jumped right into the workforce. I’ve always been entrepreneurial, and after my mission I spent a lot time talking to successful people and asking them what they did to achieve their success. I owe a lot of my career success to great mentors.

I started in real estate in Fresno, Calif. While we were living there, I had a mentor who was developing extreme recreation parks. Think American Ninja Warrior courses, trampolines, foam pits, aerial sports, trapeze, extreme slacklining, etc.

I proposed one month later and we were married shortly after.

I wanted to get involved and I soon became the little brother that just wouldn’t go away. He agreed to let me join him. Today our company, CircusTrix, has more than 30 locations in the United States and Europe.

As a partner and vice president, I focus on developing new parks. I hire and train the new employees and get the facility up and running. I love the challenge of innovating our parks, streamlining our processes and maximizing the customer experience simultaneously.

I am lucky enough to work from home and I love the way it allows me to shape my day. I’m big on the power of a daily routine. I wake up early every morning to study and exercise before I start working.

I also travel one week out of each month. When I’m traveling, it’s not very glamorous. I’m working 14 to 16 hours a day trying to maximize every minute of time away from my family.

My five kids think my job is pretty cool. Our oldest is Taden (9), followed by Damian (8), Korver (5), Cumorah (3) and Steele (18 months).

Our family trips often include visiting one of the recreation parks. We have an active family and I love it. We wrestle, dance and play sports.

One of the things I love most about my wife is the way she rolls with the punches when it comes to my career — whether that is moving around or me being out of town. She is an amazing mom and a great partner.

We love living in Utah County.

Years ago when we were in the moving truck leaving Utah, we passed Mapleton and my wife said, “That is where we need to raise our children.” That idea came full circle as we recently just built our dream house in Mapleton.

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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