This past April, we lost a man whose unique talents, fearless entrepreneurial spirit and insatiable curiosity left both our community and the business sector a better place. Now, thanks to his family, his impressive collection of business books is available to the public through The Lynn Hagen Business Library at ECoNA.
George “Lynn” Hagen was a serial entrepreneur, the named inventor of 29 patents, and the founder or executive of several notable and pioneering companies. You’ll probably recognize many of the businesses he was associated with: Osborne Computer, creator of the first commercially successful portable computer; Upper Deck® trading cards; and Tagworks®, maker of laser-engraved pet identification tags.
Lynn was also a lifetime learner. He loved the hard work of generating ideas and the strategic thinking needed to keep businesses nimble and successful. All of that required a lot of reading (or listening), and Lynn amassed a tremendous collection of physical and audio books on the latest business theories, trends and best practices.
It’s a business library as wide-ranging as Lynn’s interests. There are books on the basics of running a company, leadership development, and how to be more competitive. Other volumes address the patent process and, given Lynn’s entrepreneurial leanings, there’s lots of titles about business startups.
We welcome you to stop by the ECoNA office at 201 E. Birch Avenue to explore the collection for yourself. You can check out any of the volumes and if you’re looking for a specific book or topic, you can call us at (928) 707-7528 to see if it’s in the collection.
For those who knew him, Lynn was a multi-faceted man: business leader, loving husband of Carol (a successful businesswoman in her own right), father of three daughters. He also was a man of deep spiritual faith who enjoyed hiking, driving around town with his dog Tiny, and applying his creativity to problem-solving and innovation.
He is truly missed, and we are honored to be a small part of his lasting legacy.