Thomas Haag is an accomplished artist. His art combines recycled paint from chemical disposal facilities with found wood to reference ancient cultures and spiritual traditions with a touch of playful absurdism.
Tom, born and raised in Eden Valley, Minnesota is currently serving as first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association – a farmer-led trade organization. In addition to chairing its Consumer Engagement Action Team and serving as board liaison to their Agricultural Markets & Business Development and Ethanol teams he also holds various other board roles within NCGA.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Haag was the heir apparent of State Collection Services, his father’s highly successful collection agency. While attending college for some chemistry and math classes, Thomas ultimately left school early to travel and find odd jobs such as low-volume wine smuggling, commercial diving and art direction among many other roles.
He pioneered ACA’s Blueprint Quality Management System into the industry as an early advocate and speaker, as well as serving on their board and being awarded with their International Fellowship of Certified Collection Executives designation.
He was married to Tina, whom he affectionately referred to as TNT and “Grandpa Tina”. They shared an intense devotion for family, entertaining friends and celebrating each milestone with joy. He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as an affinity for classic cars.
Tom Haag began his career working for State Collection Service, owned and run by his father. Within several years he purchased it from him and expanded it into a full service accounts receivable management solutions provider with over 600 employees.
He spent his free time exploring various cars, meeting fellow car enthusiasts and traveling. He frequently visited China, New Zealand and France. Additionally, he belonged to The Eliminators car club of Madison where his collection was kept safely secure in his warehouse.
He served on the board of ACA International and held nearly every leadership position within its ranks, chairing its Governance Task Force and helping modernize the association’s structure. In addition, he was active with his state unit serving in various capacities.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas took his father’s advice seriously and founded his company on principles of integrity, respect, and compassion. He valued each employee and made sure everyone felt like part of a family environment. Over time he saw it grow from one employee to over 600 while becoming one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Places to Work.
Thomas was an active member of his community, helping found The Eliminators Car Club in Madison. He enjoyed socializing with his friends and often hosted gatherings in his garage known as “The Toy Box”.
He was also deeply engaged with ACA, serving on every board and chairing numerous committees. Additionally, he served as past President of ACA and received several prestigious awards including the ACA Foundation Fellow Award and Harry Strausser Jr. ACPAC Ambassador Award.
Tom loved cars and enjoyed networking with like-minded car enthusiasts. He took great joy in showing his collection off at automotive events while using it to give back. In Madison he helped form a car club which donates proceeds to local charities as well as organizing day caravans to senior living homes nearby.
He followed in the footsteps of his father’s advice and built a company on integrity, respect, and compassion. Employees felt like family at his company which soon had grown to over 600 employees.
He was also an active member of the ACA, serving on nearly all volunteer leadership committees and chairing its Governance Task Force to modernize its governance structure.
Haag has over 20 years of experience as a biotechnology investor, entrepreneur and lawyer specializing in life sciences intellectual property. He serves as a Managing Partner at Linden Lake Venture Capital as well as being co-founder and Interim CEO for PhosImmune Inc, which was eventually purchased by Agenus Inc (NASDAQ:AGEN). Furthermore, Haag was the founder of Haag Life Sciences Law while serving as Partner & Co-Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Life Sciences IP practice.
Public records indicate that Thomas Haag is married to Lindsey N Haag and currently residing at 946 Buck Road in Quarryville PA 177566. According to these records, he has made insider trades worth $5.01 Million dollars worth of Hilltop Holdings Inc (HTH), sold over 4,559 shares of PLPC stock over 20 years and holds over 5 Million shares of HTH stock in his ownership portfolio – see table below for complete trading and ownership history.