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Christopher P. Hagen

Lecturer; Director of Purchasing, The Pace Companies

Christopher P. Hagen is the Director of Purchasing at The Pace Companies and is a professional with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Growing up in Brooklyn, Mr. Hagen started in the plumbing business from the time he could pick up a wrench. Christopher worked with his dad in his family plumbing business part-time, throughout high school and college. Christopher received his BS degree in business management and finance from Brooklyn College. Upon graduation, Christopher went on to work at Franco Belli Plumbing & Heating & Sons while attending the Plumbers Local Union Number 1 Apprentice training program. At Franco Belli, Chris worked as a Project Manager and worked on various projects with the School Construction Authority, Port Authority, and Transit Authority. 

In 1997, Chris went to work for Par Plumbing, where he worked his way up from Project Manager to Department Manager and eventually Vice President and became part of the senior management team running the day-to-day aspects of the business. At Par, Christopher first ran the municipal division where he worked on projects for the DEP, DDC, NYCHA, DASNY, SCA, and FDNY. Chris eventually moved on to head up purchasing for the company, where he overhauled a procurement system during a period of unprecedented revenue growth, helping increase earnings significantly. Chris also designed and built a 10,000 square foot warehouse, purchasing and training facility. 

While at Par, Chris attended Columbia University and obtained his Masters of Science degree in construction administration. Chris also became LEED-certified by the Green Building Certification Institute. While at Par, Chris was involved with the renovations of hundreds of NYC schools, several NYC firehouses, and projects at The NYC Aquarium and Bronx Zoo. Chris worked on several notable high-rise projects such as the NY Times Tower, The Bloomberg Building, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center, One River Terrace, and ONE 57, to name a few. 

In 2013, Chris went on to work at Pace Plumbing Corp. As Executive Vice President and part of the senior management team, Chris assisted in all aspects of the business’s daily operations. From managerial and financial accounting to project management, estimating, and procurement, Chris was involved in helping to make processes better and more efficient. As Director of Purchasing, Chris now oversees purchasing for The Pace Companies. Chris is a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and is an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Construction Administration Program. Chris sits on the NYC Plumbing Sup Operations Committee Board. Chris was on the 2014 Plumbing Code revision committee. 

Chris is a father of four, an avid gamer, and an active member of his community, where he has coached little league baseball, was a Scout Master and was the coach of the Darien High School Squash Team. 

Chris teaches Introduction to Building Systems.


  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.S., Brooklyn College