Kenneth (Ken) Fender draws upon years of managerial and construction experience to lead Baker’s Washington, D.C., office – a unit with $100+ 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.
Todd Fox manages all aspects of projects for Baker Concrete’s Northern Region, including administration, project accounting, and project operations. Todd also plans job schedules, facilitates customer relations, and ensures that all work is executed safely and according to each project’s specifications.
Todd has been part of the construction industry since 1992 and joined Baker in 2014. He attended West Virginia University for his B.S. in Biology and Master’s in Political Science.
Todd has the experience, the determination and the can-do attitude to tackle every type of project conceivable. His superior administrative and management skills allow him to effectively communicate with project team members, crews, clients and other subcontractors.
Ben Goodin plans and coordinates job schedules and resources; manages the administration, accounting and operations aspects of multiple projects; and executes all work in accordance with contracts – controlling costs and staying on schedule.
Ben has officially been in the construction industry since 1999, but his interest in construction goes back to his childhood in Tennessee, where he spent much of his free time searching for scrap material and building things around his family’s house. He followed his passion to Louisiana State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, and joined Baker in 2009.
Ben enjoys sharing his knowledge of concrete construction with his team members, equipping them with the know-how to get the job done, while ensuring safety/quality policies and procedures are implemented.
Ben, his wife and three children live in the Orlando, Florida, area.
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 25 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 27 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 32 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.
Paul Lutka leads multiple project managers simultaneously; handles daily processes related to administration, marketing, estimating, and scheduling; and facilitates communication with the project teams and crews.
Paul has been in the construction industry since 1987 and joined Baker in 1989. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.
Paul vigilantly produces high-quality projects in a safe and timely manner.
Jeff Miller leads Baker’s Southwest Region. In this role, he manages all aspects of project administration, project accounting and project operations – planning and coordinating job schedules and resources while ensuring work is executed according to all safety specifications.
A native of Lordstown, Ohio, Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. Jeff interned with Baker’s Northern Region during his undergraduate career and worked full-time in Baker’s Southwest Region for seven years following graduation. After 12 years with other construction firms, he returned to Baker in 2014.
Jeff is a voting member of ACI 302 and former president of ACI’s Arizona chapter. He, his wife and their two children live in Phoenix.
Mike Schneider leads all Human Resources functions and capabilities. 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, and oversees Baker Safety on a global basis.
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 serves as President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), 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 and one granddaughter.
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.
Roger oversees Baker Concrete’s South Florida Region National Structures business line. In this role, he helps formulate and meet the overall short and long-term division and project objectives, and ensures that all policies and procedures are implemented.
Roger was born into a third-generation construction family in Northern Ohio. After high school, he began working on local construction projects while attending evening college at the University of Akron, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and Surveying. Following graduation, he joined Baker in Texas as one of our first line and grade field engineers. From the beginning, Roger has enjoyed the opportunities for both personal and organizational growth that working with Baker provides.
Roger and his wife of 30 years reside in central Florida. He is an avid sportsman, golfer and volunteer for several charities.