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NewsOPGA President Todd Eagen Has Passed Away at 54

VGM Group, Inc. regretfully announces that Todd Eagen, president of its Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA) division, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at home. He was just 54 years old.  


Eagen grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, before moving to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1986. Football at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) brought him to the Cedar Valley. He was a standout defensive lineman, and led the team his senior year as a most valuable player and co-captain. He would continue to lead the team for another 12 years following graduation as an assistant and defensive line coach.  


Following his tenure with the UNI football program, Todd worked in pharmaceutical sales before joining VGM & Associates in 2011. But that coaching mentality never left him. Todd was always a thoughtful leader for his team, whether it was on a field or in an office building. Thus in 2017, he was chosen to lead OPGA, becoming its president in 2018.  


“Todd was not only a coach, but a mentor and lifelong friend to many,” VGM CEO Mike Mallaro said. “He had a gift for finding points of connection and using those to bring people together. And he was a fierce advocate for those whose rely on O&P care. He will be sorely missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to his two daughters, Allison and Caroline, and his entire family.”  


Todd served on several national boards during his time with VGM. This included the National Association for Advancement of Orthopedics and Prosthetics (NAAOP), where he was on the board of directors, an executive committee member, and secretary/treasurer. He also served as a board member for Tate’s Army foundation ( 


We are committed to honoring Todd by continuing his passion and service to the O&P profession,” Mallaro said. “He coached and mentored an incredible team at VGM. And our members and partners can count on them to provide the level of service they came to expect under Todd’s leadership.”    


Services for Eagen will be Thursday, June 9. On that day, VGM will light its main campus building in Waterloo in UNI purple and gold, as well as have employee owners wear those colors in his honor. VGM is also making a donation to Tate’s Army. 


Members or vendor partners are encouraged to reach out to their member or regional account managers, or Denise Doyle, director of business development at OPGA, with any questions.