INSPIRED MEMBER: SCOTT HAAG

Meet Scott, one of the most hardworking, determined and philanthropic people you may ever get to know. You may have seen Scott in the cycling studio giving it his all; however, there is a lot you might not know about Scott. We were lucky enough to be able to sit down and get to know him better. 

Tell us a little about you – where are you from? What brought you to Milwaukee?

I am originally from Minnesota, where I attended college at Gustavus Adolphus College. After graduating with my B.A. in business, I secured my first job at 3M. I worked in sales and learned the ins and outs of the business. I’ve always had high goals for myself and was continually searching for my next stepping-stone towards success.

From there, I continued to excel and started a new position as a National Sales Director at Baxter. When I was 30 years old, I purchased Mooreoil. “I was a salesman on Friday, bought the company, and was an owner on Monday”. The business brought me to Milwaukee and shortly after my family joined me as well.

Everyone has his or her own unique fitness journey. What has your journey been like and how has SPIRE played into that?


In college I played football. I was a defensive end at Gustavus. Then, I became a big runner in my 30’s. By the time I was 50, I was running marathons. I wanted to reduce my BMI and improve my overall health. I ran four marathons and three half marathons. As I got older, I started focusing more on strength training, working with Hubie as my personal trainer.


Feeling fit has always been important to me. Before a shoulder injury, I had been strength training weekly and was bench-pressing 225. As I continue to focus on building strength, I come back to SPIRE because of the energy. It is unlike any other gym you can attend in Milwaukee. 


Do you have a favorite class at SPIRE?

I really enjoy all the Ride classes. Danielle and I are both Gusties, so I enjoying attending her Rhythm Ride class. Her energy is fantastic. I also like Hubie and Kelly’s ride. I’ve known them both for a long time and have always enjoyed their classes.

Both you and your wife, Linda, take classes at SPIRE. Do you have a favorite that you like to attend together?


SPIRE is the only place Linda and I workout together. We first met downtown, when we were living in the same building a couple blocks away from SPIRE. Now, we both really enjoy the cycling classes and try to come together as much as possible.


What inspires you in fitness and in life?


I like my clothes to fit. That’s always been important to me. Most of all, I just enjoy and value feeling fit. I’ve always been motivated to be the best I can be whether it’s in the gym, at work or at home.


What is your favorite music to workout to?


I like current music, classics and anything from the 80’s. I also like the "shut up and dance" song that Danielle plays in her classes. 


What advice would you give others looking to get started at SPIRE?


You get out of it what you put in. If you put in the effort you will see results. You’ll lose weight, gain strength or whatever your goal is.  You just have to be consistent.


Tell me a little bit more about the work you have done in the community. 


Giving back has always been important to me. You start having birthdays where you ask yourself, “What is my purpose?”, “Where am I going?”. I currently offer scholarships for students in the business program at UW-Milwaukee and MSOE.  I try to get involved as much as I can there and serve as mentor for these students. I’ve been very impressed with the students I’ve seen graduating from these universities and I hope to help play a role in leading them towards success.

I have also supported Youth Frontiers, a nonprofit organization partnering with schools to build positive communities where students thrive.  They work with schools around the country, offering one-day retreats and leadership conferences. They focus on character and making schools a better place. 

 [Scott has also served on numerous boards throughout Milwaukee including: Children’s Hospital and Health System, The Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, The Milwaukee School of Engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation and Life Navigators.]

What is your favorite way to relax?

I love being out on the water, boating, grabbing a drink with a friend, and gardening. My true relaxation happens when we’re up at our home in Minocqua, WI.  We love to take the pontoon boat out and get away from it all.

Anything else exciting happening this summer?

I’ll be spending a few days in Aspen. I plan to go horseback riding there. I also have a fishing trip planned with my two sons in Canada.