Mr. Baker is a distinguished business leader, management strategist and public servant with extensive experience in the successful startup, development, and financing of new ventures and in management of high growth enterprises.
At age 18, Mr. Baker founded a $3 million, four-store chain of retail computer stores that became the premier Apple and IBM dealer in Southwest Florida. In 1985 he took Tech:Time, a computer peripheral company, public (NASDAQ:TTME). The company was named by the Florida Business Journal one of the ten outstanding publicly held companies in Florida. He founded NetLine Communications, one of the first frame-relay networks to provide Internet Access throughout Florida, which was purchased by Comcast Cable. Mr. Baker led Comcast's @home.com cable modem rollout, and later became Director of Business Development for Comcast On-line.
His public service career includes state and federal political appointments as Executive Director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the State of Florida Community Health Purchasing Alliance (CHPA), and the four-person Executive Board of the Resolution Trust Corporation on which he served with Alan Greenspan, Nicolas Brady and Jack Kemp and was instrumental in creating the infrastructure to execute the $400 billion savings and loan rehabilitation program.
As a White House Fellow appointed by President Reagan, Mr. Baker served as Special Assistant to the Treasury Secretary. He also was a US Congressional candidate. Mr. Baker has been honored as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the US by the Young Entrepreneurs Organization.