Super Super of the Year
Larry Baker – Findorff
Larry Baker has always made quality the priority in everything he does.
Whether he was building forts as a kid or putting together houses as a young man, his commitment to excellence and attention to detail have never slipped in the slightest, say those who work with him.
That devotion helps explain Baker’s quick rise through the ranks at J.H. Findorff & Son. He joined the company in 2002 as a carpenter’s apprentice and soon took on a foreman’s position. He then began taking classes and training to become a superintendent.
“Findorff is a great company to work for,” Baker said. “What I like most is you’re provided with all the right tools to be successful. You’re always set up for success.”
As a superintendent, Baker oversees field personnel and subcontractors and is responsible for project schedules, quality control and job safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration training and safety are always at the front of his mind.
“Part of his success is his rigorous commitment to keeping apprised of the tasks that each person on the jobsite is assigned to and when those tasks are completed,” said Nancy Mayek, marketing lead at Findorff.
Baker has been a part of many notable projects at Findorff, including the award-winning Summit Credit Union Headquarters and the Anchor Bank Pressman. The Pressman project presented many difficulties, including the need to adhere to complicated schedules, work in tight quarters, redirect traffic and supply high-end finishes.
Baker credited the relationships he enjoys with architects and engineers for his success.
“Good relationships speed things up,” he said.
What sets Findorff apart from other companies, Baker said, is its commitment to excellence.
“We continually pursue the highest standards of performance in everything, exceeding our clients’ expectations as well as our own,” he said.
Outside work, Baker enjoys coaching his child’s basketball team, fishing, golfing and volunteering his time.