Kenneth (Ken) Fender draws upon years of managerial and construction experience to lead Baker’s Washington, D.C., office – a unit with $250+ million in annual revenue from projects as diverse as turnkey, high-rise frame projects, intricate design-build and rehabilitation projects. Ken is vigilant in producing high-quality projects on time in a safe environment for crews, clients and other project team subcontractors. Ken also heads up Baker’s design assist efforts with valued clients and is heavily involved in various preconstruction and constructability processes.
Born and raised in southwest Ohio, Ken interned with Baker during his senior year at Bowling Green State University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from BGSU, Ken accepted a full-time position with Baker in January 1990. He worked his way through the Baker organization, eventually relocating from the Midwest to Washington, D.C., to help launch Baker DC in 2009.
Ken has served on several local construction trade industry organizations’ boards, including Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He lives in D.C. with his wife and two children.
Based in Texas, Rod Hammer is helping lead Baker’s Operational Excellence initiative to build a culture of Safety, Schedule, Quality, and Productivity. He also works with the finance and administration team for Baker Concrete Construction.
Rod joined Baker in 2018, bringing with him more than 25 years of senior-level executive, operations and finance experience in the construction and construction materials industry. He has worked throughout the United States and in areas of Europe, helping companies uncover and maximize growth opportunities.
Prior to launching his career in finance and operations, Rod worked his way through college as an equipment operator, truck driver, and laborer. This experience, combined with working on several area farms as a youth, instilled in him the values of grit and determination that have remained core to his personal philosophy.
Rod holds an MAcc (Masters of Accountancy) and B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University. When he’s not working to streamline and improve Baker’s operations, Rod volunteers for his church and surrounding community. He also enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes, and hunting.
Norm Holden is responsible for operational oversight of Baker’s Rocky Mountain Region, based in Denver, Colorado as well as DL Baker’s business endeavors in Northern British Columbia.
Born and raised in rural New Hampshire with the personal values of a no-nonsense New Englander, Norm has more than 30 years’ experience in the concrete construction industry. Starting from the ground up, Norm cut his teeth in the residential and light-commercial concrete market before joining Baker Concrete in 1992.
Norm recently earned his Executive MBA in 2017 from the University of Denver — Daniels College Business and has a degree in Architectural Engineering from New Hampshire Technical Institute. Norm enjoys working at Baker for its great number of hardworking, self-motivated people that take initiative, consistently exhibit the Baker marathon effort and make Baker feel like family.
Norm lives in Conifer, Colorado, with his wife of 28 years, Jean, and their three grown children. He enjoys the outdoors — camping, hunting, skiing and traveling are his favorite activities away from work — and working with his hands to utilize his creativity.
Martin began his career with Baker as a field engineer in 1985 at the Nowlin Tower project in San Antonio, Texas, and has called Baker home ever since. After a challenging start amidst the Texas recession of the mid-1980s, he has grown with the company and seen it through many stages – ultimately leading to significant company growth. During his 35 years at Baker, Martin has served in several capacities, ranging from preconstruction and project management to leadership, where he has worked on a variety of projects across the US, North America and the Caribbean. Projects have included warehouses, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, high rises, convention centers, stadiums, nuclear facilities and more. Martin received a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Montana in 1984. He calls Houston home, where he resides with his wife and three children.
Mike Schneider is responsible for safety across all Baker entities. Mike held a large role in starting the Baker University Learning Department, stands as the company champion of Baker’s Incident & Injury Free (IIF) Program.
A Cincinnati native, Mike earned a B.S. in Personnel Management from Miami University (Ohio) and a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. He later joined Baker in 1978 as a project manager.
Mike has served as President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC). He currently serves as chairman of the ACI Foundation and chairman of the National Steering Committee of the Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM). Mike has received the Spirit of Construction Foundation of Greater Cincinnati’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), and sits on several boards for local non-profits.
An Eagle Scout, Mike is an active leader in the Boy Scout community and proud father of two daughters, two step-daughters and eight grandchildren.
Located in Baker’s South Florida Region, Kerri Smith develops and monitors its annual business plan and budget; communicates with the entire operations team to transition, track, monitor and develop procedures to ensure efficient administration of projects; and oversees the preparation of internal progress reports.
Kerri graduated from Walsh University with B.S. in biology. As a member of Walsh’s basketball team, she spent countless hours honing not only her athletic skills, but also reinforcing the values her incredible parents instilled in her growing up on a farm in Russellville, Ohio: hard work, dedication, persistent improvement and cooperation. After a brief foray in sales, Kerri found herself gravitating back to an industry and company that shared those same values and joined Baker in 2004.
Kerri lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her two young sons and is a strong advocate for chromosome disorder research.