Expect The Best

Leadership Team

Baker Group is managed by a seasoned, cohesive team made up of experienced professionals with broad and deep engineering and leadership expertise. It is their mission to provide a common vision of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, honesty and integrity to develop long-term customer relationships.

Baker Group’s talented team is committed to delivering high quality engineering, construction, and facility management services at an exceptional value.

  • B.J. Baker, III
  • B.J. Baker, III

  • Chairman and CEO

  • BJ quite literally “grew up” in the mechanical contracting business. BJ’s father started the company in 1963. In 1984, BJ took over day-to-day operations from his father, and today is the Chairman and CEO of Baker Group. BJ has led the company through expansion and change, growing the business by hiring the best and brightest people available. BJ’s team has broadened the company capabilities, offering more services to the customers. He tells customers to – “Expect the Best”.

  • Email:bakerb@thebakergroup.com
  • Gary Bridgewater
  • Gary Bridgewater

  • President

  • Gary is a University of Northern Iowa graduate, starting with Baker Group right out of college in 1985. Gary believes very strongly that our success only comes when all of the stakeholders on the project are also successful. This philosophy drives our support of the entire construction team with cost-effective design, thorough pre-construction planning, and intense jobsite schedule coordination. Gary also plays an important role in business development and is an active leader in the community.

  • Email:bridgewaterg@thebakergroup.com
  • Kathy Ladd
  • Kathy Ladd

  • Vice President, COO

  • A Baker Group employee for over 30 years, Kathy has been significant in shaping the company to what it is today. With her expertise in our industry, coupled with accounting and human resources, she has been in a unique position to assure cost efficiency, while delivering consistent, high quality services to our customers. Kathy oversees administration and finance, internal process improvement, and day-to-day operations. Kathy is always in the background promoting a positive culture and supporting our people.

  • Email:laddk@thebakergroup.com
  • Randy Helm, CCIFP
  • Randy Helm, CCIFP

  • CFO

  • As CFO of Baker Group, Randy manages Baker Group’s accounting and clerical team and is responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the company. Randy came to Baker Group in 2006 and has over 17 years of accounting experience. Randy’s experience and dedication ensures accurate financial information is provided in a timely fashion which allows Baker Group to respond to opportunities and challenges more effectively.

  • Email:helmr@thebakergroup.com
  • Daryld Karloff, LEED AP
  • Daryld Karloff, LEED AP

  • Vice President, Business Development

  • Daryld started with Baker Group in 1996 as Service Manager. Daryld's Customer focus brought success and double-digit growth to our Service Division. In 2001, Daryld became the Control Technology Division Manager, bringing a focus on process improvement that delivered significant growth in temperature controls, security and fire alarm systems. In 2004, Daryld became V.P. of Business Development for the entire Baker Group organization.

  • Email:karloffd@thebakergroup.com
  • Doug Kumm, LEED AP
  • Doug Kumm, LEED AP

  • Vice President, Mechanical Business Unit

  • Doug is responsible for the overall operation and coordination of the Mechanical Business Unit at Baker Group. With over 30 years of experience, Doug has a strong track record of on-budget and on-schedule projects, which makes him the ideal leader of the Mechanical Business Unit.

  • Email:kummd@thebakergroup.com
  • Jim Cooper, P.E. LEED AP
  • Jim Cooper, P.E. LEED AP

  • Vice President, Design and Pre-Construction

  • Jim and his team are responsible for delivering consistent, high quality mechanical design and pre-construction services. With a broad range of experience in mechanical design ranging from office building to laboratories, Jim is a design leader and uses his skills to help our clients make informed technical decisions.

  • Email:cooperj@thebakergroup.com
  • Tom Wengert
  • Tom Wengert

  • Vice President, Sheet Metal Business Unit

  • Tom brings over 25 years of sheet metal experience to the team. As Vice President, Tom is responsible for the overall operation and coordination of the Sheet Metal Business Unit at Baker Group. Today, Baker Group’s Sheet Metal Business Unit has grown into one of the largest in the Midwest. Baker Group sheet metal products are found in the most demanding environments – from hospital operating rooms to heavy industry. If it can be made of metal, Tom's team can deliver.

  • Email:wengertt@thebakergroup.com
  • Tim Rabenberg
  • Tim Rabenberg

  • Vice President, Control Systems Business Unit

  • Tim leads the Controls Business Unit. He has over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry with a strong understanding of complex HVAC systems, building automation systems, energy power monitoring systems, data center monitor/dashboards, measurement, verification, reporting, and integration of multiple islands of technology. Through understanding and implementing the customer's expectations, he has built a reputation that proves his devotion to building long-term customer relationships.

  • Email:rabenbergt@thebakergroup.com
  • Mike Kordick, CPP
  • Mike Kordick, CPP

  • Vice President, Fire and Security Systems

  • For over 25 years, Mike has been designing, installing or servicing temperature controls, parking, fire or security systems for both Iowa and national account customers. Mike is an ASIS Board Certified Protection Professional, and his skill and knowledge gives him a leadership edge as he focuses on keeping our customers safe and secure.

  • Email:kordickm@thebakergroup.com
  • Dale J. Drent, P.E. LEED AP
  • Dale J. Drent, P.E. LEED AP

  • Service Manager

  • Dale started his career with Baker Group in 2003 as a mechanical design engineer. With a BS in Construction Engineering with a mechanical emphasis and certification from the State of Iowa as a Professional Engineer, Dale has demonstrated strong values and leadership skills. Dale’s engineering background and design experience is very useful in trouble shooting mechanical systems and designing the right solution. As Service manager, Dale is responsible for long-term customer support and satisfaction.

  • Email:drentd@thebakergroup.com