President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in Swartz Creek. Hagerman started Diplomat Pharmacy with his father. As a specialty pharmacy, Diplomat distributes medications that require more oversight than usual. It employs nurses and other professionals who teach patients how to properly use medication. Diplomat also developed the Electronic Navigator (eNav) patient care software system, which delivers electronically scheduled medication histories, symptom management notifications, contraindication warnings, and more to physicians. The eNav system broadens reporting and data capabilities for physicians and health plans. Diplomat ranked 235th on the 2009 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America, with a growth rate of 917 percent from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, Diplomatís staff achieved a company record $12.1 million in funding (known in the industry as co-pay assistance) for 6,664 patients who were seeking assistance, up from $9.2 million for 4,203 patients in 2008. Diplomat plans to have more than $500 million in revenue in 2010 and to add one million covered patients in the first quarter through new contracts from prescription benefit managers and managed care organizations. Diplomat also plans to hire about 100 people this year at its two locations in Genesee County. The company was recognized as the regional pharmacy of the year by the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network. Hagerman is a past president of the Genesee County Pharmacy Association and has served on numerous state and local committees. He is a frequent speaker at state and national pharmacy and hospice conferences on practicing creative pharmacy and developing and marketing a specialty practice. He was named pharmacist of the month by the Professional Compounding Centers of America, a national network of more than 1,000 specialty pharmacies. He received the innovative pharmacy practice award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association, and the blue chip award for outstanding business practices from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Hagerman has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and as an expert witness in cases of drug diversion. He is an adjunct instructor of clinical pharmacy at Ferris State University, where he received his bachelorís degree in pharmacy.

WHERE BORN: "Flint."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My father. My dad and I were partners for about 20-plus years and he taught me how to take good care of people. He was a pharmacist and I joined him after college. He taught me a lot."

LAST BOOK READ: "The Ice Cream Maker by Subir Chowdhury. Itís about the difference between adding an average and a great product. Itís spot on in terms of what you need to do in business."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Passionate, focused, driven."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Health care is full of tremendous growth opportunities. Itís growing to a point where health care companies will have to use technology at a never-before level to maintain or improve levels of care. We wonít be able to offer the same levels of care without technology at a level that is not being done today. Weíve created software programs to develop new patient care technology. Without eNav, I wouldnít be able to do any of the things I do today in business."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "For me, itís my BlackBerry so I can be connected. I donít have an iPhone, but I want one really badly."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Anywhere with my spouse and kids. Weíre avid skiers and spend a lot of time in Colorado."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Skiing, boating, anything around the water. Iíve also done some triathlons recently."


MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Iím a pretty good shoulder to lean on."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As a caring individual, a good husband and father first and an innovative businessman next. I strive to do whatís right."