Joe Hampton, Founder

Joe was only four years old at the beginning of the Great Depression, an experience that significantly contributed to his work ethic. He brought that work ethic with him to Lincoln in 1947 in search of work as an electrician. He was 22 years old with $40 to his name. With his head down, hands strong and eyes focused he worked — he worked every day to create and build what would eventually become Hampton Enterprises – Properties & Construction.

Joe started constructing custom homes, eventually moving into residential developments, commercial buildings and commercial developments. Throughout this time he never lost his relentless attention to detail, quality or his characteristic work ethic. He went to great lengths to ensure that his principles would be embedded in the Company that bears his name and that the Company would continue for another 70 years and beyond.

Thank You, Joe.

  • 1961 — President, Home Builders Association of Lincoln
  • 1981–1989 — Member, Tabitha Board of Directors
  • 1981 — Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) Free Enterprise Award
  • 1982 — President, Nebraska League of Municipalities
  • 1986 — Named Ninth Most Powerful Person in Lincoln by his peers
  • 1990 — LIBA Business of the Year
  • 1996 — President, LIBA
  • 2001 — LIBA Independence Award
  • 2005 — Nebraska Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2008 — UNL Nebraska Distinguished Entrepreneur Award
  • 2008 — Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Roger T. Larson Community Builder Award
  • 2010 — Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2010 — UNL College of Business Administration Corporate Leadership Award
  • Served two separate terms on Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Lincoln Airport Authority, 1963–1977
  • Lincoln City Council, 1977–1989
  • Honorary Life Director of the National Home Builders Association
  • Served on Gateway Bank’s Board of Directors, later Norwest
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee member during the 1970s
  • In 2004, Joe was instrumental in the remodeling of the new State GOP Headquarters at 1610 N Street
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