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Program Quality Director Candidate 2022-2023

Candidate’s Name: Justin Hagan, DTM 

Toastmasters member since: April 2016


  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Georgia Southern University
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – Webster University


Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:

  • President – Achieving Excellence Toastmasters – July 2017 to November 2017
  • President – Toastmasters of Richmond Hill –  2018 to 2019
  • Vice President of Membership – Toastmasters of Richmond Hill – 2019 to 2020
  • President – Savannah Toastmasters Professional Speakers – 2020
  • Area Director H82 – 2019 to 2020
  • Division Director H – 2020-2021
  • Club Growth Director – District 14 – 2021-2022


Toastmasters honors and recognition:

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, Presidents Distinguished club, Presidents Distinguished Area (2020), Select Distinguished Division, Super Achiever and Triple Crown

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:

My work as an Associate Real Estate broker allows me to be cogent with clients at the time of one of their major life decisions. I work with my clients to keep their goals and motivation in focus on the path to achieving their large goal in the same fiduciary manner that I would guide my fellow Toastmaster leaders to achieve their goals. My work requires my to always stay up to date on current trends and be able to present this information to my clients as well as peers in the industry.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

My work in strategic planning as Club Growth Director with my fellow Trio members has been a great learning experience. The abilities to form a vision, communicate at a high level, follow a proven system, and listen to others have been my greatest assets in my previous strategic planning sessions for the District.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Most of my experience in finance comes from advanced classes and running my business for the last 10 years.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

As president of my previous club, growth was an immediate action item. I was able to come in and coordinate procedures for multiple events throughout the year to attract new members and interest for the club. In business, developing procedures allows me to have a structure that gives me the best chance for success and the achievement of my goals.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

One really memorable lesson that I learned was to “keep the main thing the main thing.” Members follow the tone set by the leaders above. A confused member does not take action. Focusing on the things that move us forward to the desired result is key in helping the District move toward the mission and distinguished status.

Why do you want to serve as a District leader?

I really want to serve more members and clubs at a higher level. Toastmasters has been such a huge part of my growth over the last few years and I want to continue to give back and provide value to the organization as well. I truly enjoy having a part in helping individuals and clubs move towards reaching their goals through active participation in Toastmasters. Helping more people utilize the Pathways program and use Toastmasters as a tool to facilitate the attainment of the confidence to reach their goals is my goal.  

In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

I have learned to clarify and focus my activity to match the objectives during my time as a district leader. The District’s mission of “We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence” is something that I have become laser focused on especially in my role as Club Growth Director. I am currently focused on the process of leading our leaders in taking part in the process of developing dynamic new clubs. When elected as Program Quality Director, I will implement education and training that assists all clubs in achieving excellence. I will do this by developing teams that assist the clubs in maximizing the Pathways program as well as developing training that meets the current needs of the leaders.