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...
CEO, The Pinball Company and Parks Amusements
It’s not really a job — It’s my life and I love what I do. We sell pinball machines and other game room products to clients nationwide. We get to entertain children and adults at Lazer Lanes, The Arcade at Columbia Mall, Tiger Bounce, and Silverball. It’s a blessing to be able to earn a living doing these things.
People come to The Pinball Company and often assume that I play pinball machines a lot or that I’m good at playing pinball. Neither is true.
I get to work alongside my wife. We’re a great team.
I’ve always wanted to open an arcade and pinball bar in Columbia, and I accomplished that in September when we opened Silverball downtown.
I’m motivated to make an impact on my community and people around me. I enjoy knowing the products we sell and the machines we operate in the amusement business are making people happy. It’s also motivating to know that the better I do as a business owner, the more jobs I can create.
I enjoy serving as President of Tigers on the Prowl. I get to work with area charities, artists, business owners, and my fellow board members. I enjoy knowing my efforts and donations affect so many lives in our community.
Open an amazing water park! I hope to do that someday.
Make Silverball the place to have a party or corporate event in Columbia. I’ll keep working on every detail of the business to make sure people love going there.
Hard-working. I don’t get along well with people who are lazy or expect good things to happen for them without working hard.
For the sake of my family, I need to work on being content with what I have and not putting so much pressure on myself to do more and more and more. (And more.)