Hager Named InBusiness CEO of the Year
Tonight Information Technology Professionals Owner and CEO, Paul Hager, will be recognized by InBusiness as one of eight individuals earning the prestigious ‘Executives of the Year‘ title here in Madison. InBusiness selects the Executive of Year based on qualities such as leadership, innovation, and overall company success.
Paul Hager has served as the owner and CEO of ITP since 2009 – and in his tenure has put the company on an aggressive growth path. The company has been listed on the Inc 5000 for four consecutive years and is on track to join the ranks of only 6% of companies that achieve this honor for five years.
Hager attributes much of the company’s success to serving as friendly and trusted technology translators – turning complex technology concepts into meaningful terminology that empowers businesses to make good decisions. “If they need product to make that happen, that’s fine, but our customers define us as their trusted advisor,” he states. “Some of our customers flatly introduce us as their chief technology officer to their board of directors. That’s the seat at the table that we represent, and that’s not just one person. That’s our whole company that provides guidance to them.”
His team describes him as a passionate and hands-on leader. From leading new employee onboardings and quarterly all-hands meetings to fielding pop flies at an annual charity kickball tournament, Paul strives to have meaningful and fun interactions with all ITP employees. As the CEO and owner of the company, he is attributed with the lion’s share of the credit for ITP’s growth – he credits his team in earning this honor. “It’s like when you ask NFL quarterbacks about an award and they say it’s really a team recognition,” he notes. “Any leader of an organization would say we don’t win unless all the folks on my team are successful.”
Executive of the Year judge and past winner Joe Pleshek, president and CEO of Terso Solutions Inc., spoke of ITP’s organic, workforce approach to growth. “Paul has led incredible business growth fueled by the acquisition of new employees and development of current staff,” Pleshek notes.
Read more about what makes ITP’s leadership, team culture, and company vision unique in a recent InBusiness feature: Hagar rewarded for hands-on info tech.
ITP is full-service IT provider offering custom technology solutions to clients in Wisconsin. The company has offices in Madison, Milwaukee and Appleton. Founded in 2003 as a two-man shop, ITP now has over 50 employees. The company focuses on serving businesses within the legal, manufacturing, health, and professional service industries.