As president of Tomo Drug Testing, Alex Haldiman oversees the implementation of change. The company grew 151 percent between 2015 and 2017, and such rapid growth required evolution on his part.
New to the job in 2010, Haldiman developed software to transfer from paper to digital filings – software now used for 250,000 tests annually. He also implemented the Entrepreneurial Operating System in 2013 and founded Tomo’s Manager Boot Camp. He additionally operates his own business, Alex Haldiman Web Development.
Off the clock, he volunteers with Junior Achievement, Theta Chi fraternity at alma mater Missouri State University and is founding president of Rainmakers Investment Club.
What is your best productivity hack? BestSelf journal! It’s a fantastic tool for intentionally planning and managing your day, while staying focused on long-term goals.
What did you learn the hard way? Typically, I’ve solved problems through hard work and sheer effort, but I’m learning how to delegate to great people around me.
What’s your most treasured possession? My sailboat. Sailing at the lake is so relaxing and my favorite way to unwind.
Have you ever met a celebrity? A few players from my favorite soccer team, Sporting KC. I was too embarrassed to ask for my picture with them, so I asked my co-worker if I could take her picture with the players. She didn’t even know who they were.
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