Local business owner Thom Baker seeks to leave Columbia a gift when he retires. Tucked away in his equipment-lain home office, Thom Baker of...
Management of sales and operations.
I have degrees in calculus and accounting from Central Methodist University.
Being the Foundation District Grants chair for Rotary District 6080, which covers Central Missouri and the Springfield and Branson areas. It’s fulfilling to be a part of the impact Rotarians have throughout Missouri with the various grant projects.
Last year alone, we had over $160,000 in grant projects.
Started at Deloitte in St. Louis, concentrating in construction and manufacturing auditing and accounting; moved to Columbia and worked at Gerding, Korte, and Chitwood, and in 1990, I started at Huebert Builders Inc.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop — the franchise owners are great!
Scott Orr is retired now, but he’s been my mentor since I was 16 years old, and I still call him for advice. Dr. Raymond Plue is also someone I work with and admire.
I enjoy working with small business owners and creating spaces for them and watching their business grow.
Wayne Huebert and I have worked many years to create an atmosphere where our clients receive personalized attention. We pride ourselves on paying attention to the small details, which can make a big difference on a construction project. I’m proud that we’ve worked with the majority of our clients on multiple projects!
The relationships you’ve established are the most important things you can have in business. When you hit a hard time, those relationships will help you through all of it and survive.
In work, it’s working with John and Vicki Ott to transform the North Village Arts District. In the community, it’s being selected as incoming chair-elect of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
There is a lack of qualified trained workers. It’s a difficult industry to recruit young men and women.
Be a high school math teacher or director of a public library.
It’s about relationships, not lumber, steel, or nails.
I would like to be a mentor and provide support to the entrepreneurial community. I feel like Columbia has a chance to be the place in the central U.S. to start and grow businesses. I also want to continue to provide support to the cultural arts community so that we continue to have all the arts opportunities available in Columbia. I firmly believe the arts in Columbia make it wonderful to live here.
I am a good listener and planner.
Avoiding confrontation when I should just go ahead and deal with it.
Develop a business and industrial park east of Columbia.
Cooking, attending live music concerts, riding bikes on the trail with my family.
Two sons: Lucas, age 9, and Ben, age 8.
Competed in the 1995 World Chili Society cook off competition in Reno, Nevada — I was a big part of the “Hog Wild Chili Girls” team! We didn’t win, but we had lots of fun and great stories.