Why Kyäni? 2017-11-05T21:45:43+00:00


Kyäni Co-Founders

Carl & Linda Taylor

Carl Taylor is a driven innovator who helped grow a simple family farm into one of the largest potato businesses in America with nearly 30,000 acres of cultivated land. He also expanded the business to include one of the finest cattle ranching operations in the country. Carl achieved this successful transformation with thoughtful and forward-thinking investments in land, equipment, and process technology. In fact, he developed new harvesting and sorting processes that are used today throughout the agricultural industry. Carl is a strategic and genuine collaborator, known for bringing people and ideas together to forge business relationships. As a Founder, Carl brings a pioneering, cutting edge mindset to Kyäni and inspires us to innovate and succeed.

Jim & Leanne Hansen

If you think you’re an early riser, you don’t know Jim Hansen. For decades, Jim has been starting his day before 4:00 am to personally check the inventory of each departing truck to ensure accuracy for his customers. This level of service and attention to detail has helped build the family petroleum business from 2 million gallons of fuel sales to hundreds of millions of gallons during Jim’s 25-year tenure. This has greatly contributed to the Hansen Family’s wealth and financial security. Besides his discipline and dedication, Jim is incredibly dynamic. To his family business, he has been the dispatcher, the administrator, and the negotiator. As a Kyäni Founder, Jim is a business mastermind and influential executive with the ability to guide Kyäni toward better execution and profitability.

Kirk & Rebecca Hansen

Kirk Hansen is a highly successful, multi-generational businessman with a lifetime commitment to Kyäni. From a very early age, Kirk Hansen took on special tasks in the family’s small petroleum business. As a young teenager, Kirk was entrusted to perform long-distance deliveries in commercial trucks. He personally built the company’s bulk oil business long before larger competitors could catch on. He led the expansion of the family business’s holdings into real estate, restaurants, and hotels. Kirk’s ability to visualize and execute a winning strategy was evident in purchasing a deteriorating property and turning it into one of the nation’s largest rail-to-truck fuel facilities. When Kirk sees an opportunity, he learns new skills to make it happen. Kirk is a tenacious, hard working organizer with the ability to build lasting business relationships. Kirk is a visionary leader that keeps Kyäni focused, relevant, and prosperous.