At the age of 15 Dan Baker began his career in construction working as a laborer with his grandfather, Elmer Baker, a cement mason in Oxford, Ohio. In 1968, Dan and his two brothers, Ken and Jim, started their own concrete flatwork business to fund their education at Miami University. Now, 42 years later, Dan Baker, President and CEO of Baker Concrete Construction, is nationally recognized as a leader in the concrete construction industry.
The success of Baker Concrete can be attributed to many of the principles Dan learned while working with his grandfather, who strongly believed that his grandson should earn a double degree, one from the school and one from the trench. This hard work ethic combined with the knowledge passed down from his grandfather became a part of Dan Baker’s life and the backbone for Baker Concrete Construction. The company developed a reputation for hard work, customer satisfaction, quality, and the ability to meet a schedule. As a result, the size of the company and the scope of their work increased dramatically. Residential work was expanded to include light commercial and industrial projects, superflat industrial floors, concrete paving, and site concrete. Today the company’s work encompasses total concrete package arenas, commercial high-rises, parking structures, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities, highway paving, education facilities, and stadium projects.
Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. is headquartered in Monroe, Ohio. The company has received numerous awards over the years including the prestigious Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build Ohio Award, the AGC Texas Apex Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards and numerous Golden Trowel Awards. Baker has been ranked as an Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 600 Specialty Contractor since 1984.
Dan received the Spirit of Construction Award in 2007, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award in 2009 as well as the Northern Kentucky University Entrepreneur Award in 2009.
Dan Baker supports the construction industry through his involvement with:
He is also actively involved in community efforts including:
Dan Baker’s involvement with the American Concrete Institute began in 1975 when he became a member. He has served or is serving on the following ACI committees: Membership Committee for three years (1990-1993); ACI Foundation Committee for nine years (1993-2003); Construction Liaison Committee for eight years (1992-1995 as Chairman); Financial Advisory Committee for three years (1993-1996); an Officer of the Concrete Research and Education Foundation (ConREF) Executive Committee for five years (1998-2003); the Committee on Nominations (1997-1998, 2002-2005); ACI's Strategic Planning Oversight Committee for three years (1997-2000); Chairman of the Certification Programs Committee for three years (1996-1999); Honorary Membership Committee for four years (2002-2006); Committee for Awards on Papers for three years (2002-2005); International Membership Committee for six years (2002-2008); Honors and Awards Committee for 4 years (2003-2007); Standards Board for six years (2002-2008); Technical Activities Committee for one year (2001-2002); and he served on the Board of Direction for twelve years (1993-2005.)
Dan was selected by the Executive Committee in 1993 to be one of three key people to serve on the Construction Oversight Committee (1993-1997) to work with staff in selecting a successful design/build firm and overseeing construction of the new ACI Headquarters facility. He served as a member of the ACI Project Management Committee and as Vice Chairman of the fund-raising campaign. Dan served as Vice President in 2000 and in March, 2001, Dan was inducted as the President of ACI for a one year term.