FLINT, Mich., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Phil Hagerman,
president and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in Flint, has been
named Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year.
The award was announced at Thursday night’s reception at
Lawrence Technological University, which co-sponsors the annual
award along with Grant Thornton LLP, WWJ Newsradio 950 and the
Innovation and Technology Report. Hagerman was chosen from
among 45 nominees profiled during the past 12 months in GLITR.
The Leaders & Innovators program was developed by Lawrence
Tech to recognize Michigan business executives who are engaged in
cutting-edge professions and industries expected to be key to
Michigan’s economic future.
Hagerman started Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy with his father
some 35 years ago to distribute medications that require more
oversight than usual. It employs nurses and other professionals who
teach patients how to properly use medications. With more than 450
employees drawing from a diverse background of experience and
education, Diplomat can claim the largest and most experienced
staff of any independent specialty pharmacy in the nation.
The company recently moved from suburban Swartz Creek into the
350,000-square-foot former General Motors Great Lakes Technology
Center on the south side of Flint, where it plans to invest $12
million to refurbish the building.
In remarks in accepting the award, Hagerman noted that the great
thing about being CEO is that “you get to collect all the brass
earned by the people who work with you.” And he said Diplomat has
hired 70 people so far this year, and plans to hire 150 more before
the year is over.
He said that his father taught him o