Hagaman has been a member of Withum’s management for more than 35 years. He specializes in merger and acquisition services and international business. During his tenure as CEO, the firm has tripled in size and expanded into non-traditional advisory services. Withum is known nationally for its unique culture and strong team member retention rates.
A graduate of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Hagaman joined Withum in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has also demonstrated a leadership role in expanding the firm’s global capabilities, serving as a current executive committee member and vice chair of HLB, and as the former chairman of Nexia International USA—both of which are worldwide networks of independent accounting firms and business advisors.
Hagaman’s professional and philanthropic activities at both the local and state levels are also model. He is the former chairman and current treasurer of the New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc., and former chairman of the George Street Playhouse. In 2010, he received the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award, honoring him for his dedication to the arts. In 2002, he was appointed to serve on the BEST Commission (Budget Efficiency Savings Team) for the state of New Jersey. He is a longtime treasurer and former chairman of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Hagaman is a sought-after thought leader, appearing on television and radio programs discussing topics related to leadership and business management. He is frequently quoted in accounting and business publications, and has authored many articles over the years on topics ranging from fixed asset management to mergers and acquisitions to leadership within the profession.