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April 10 2013

Brad Hanson Joins the Operation HOPE Midwestern Board


LOS ANGELES – April 11, 2013 – Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that Brad Hanson, president of Meta Payment Systems, has taken a seat on the organization’s Midwestern Board of Directors. During his two-year term he will champion financial literacy initiatives, and economic empowerment for youth and adults living in under-served communities.

With this appointment Hanson becomes the latest “silver rights” ambassador to the board. As a member of the Midwestern board Hanson will provide ongoing feedback and guidance to help promote program effectiveness throughout the region. Additionally, he will help generate and nurture support of elected officials, school administrators and community-based organizations for financial literacy initiatives and programs.

Brad Hanson has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, including numerous banking, card industry and technology-related capacities. During his career Brad has played a significant role in the development of the prepaid card industry. His experience working with regulators and many financial innovators provides a unique perspective on the history of prepaid, current threats and opportunities, and the changing roles of key participants in the prepaid value chain.

Brad is the President of Meta Payment Systems and a member of the board of directors, executive committee and Executive Vice President of Meta Financial Group and MetaBank. He is a founding member of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association and still serves in an advisory role on the board. Brad has been recognized as a Paybefore Industry Achievement Award Winner and serves on the Advisory Board for the Gallup-HOPE Index which studies and promotes financial literacy in our nation’s schools.

HOPE’s Midwestern Board is comprised of some of the region's most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s movement to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, HOPE promotes financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 273 cities worldwide. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. In May 2012, HOPE celebrated 20 years of making the free market system work for low-income communities in a Silver Rights Movement meant to help make free enterprise and capitalism work for the poor and undeserved.

A complete 2012 list of HOPE Boards may be viewed here. To learn more about HOPE, visit our website at,, and