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...
Co-founder and co-owner, The Connection Exchange
My job has a little piece of several things that make it awesome. There are pieces of business development, sales, marketing, leadership, and management. And since we’re a new business, we have the opportunity to dream big and also live in reality. The best of both worlds.
Jennifer Schenck is not only my business partner and friend, but she’s my go-to mentor for everything life throws at me. She’s a strong Christian, a fantastic mom and wife, an experienced entrepreneur, and a great friend. She always helps me see the other side and makes me a better person.
That we are just a welcome business. We’re much more. Yes, we give new business owners a great gift when they open their business, but we’re really like Match.com for businesses — we connect! We generate great connections for our member network and the new business owners. We also put on excellent networking events, and we’re now statewide with six locations.
Launching our business in multiple cities. We now have The Connection Exchange in Columbia, Springfield, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Sedalia, and Warrensburg.
Everything takes longer than you think!
Seriously: I’d totally fix the traffic issues at the Highway 63/I-70 interchange. That would really make Columbia a better place! Oh, and I’d help fund the Hyperloop so we can make travel across the state quicker, which would also increase tourism to Columbia.
Continue working on new business ventures and to keep The Connection Exchange moving forward through expansion across the state and franchising.
I’m a terrible speller. I really wish I could not be so dependent on spell check.