Leadership Team

Baker Group is managed by a team of experienced professionals with broad and deep engineering and leadership expertise for your building infrastructure needs. They 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 consultative design, construction and facility support solutions 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®.

  • Gary Bridgewater

    Gary Bridgewater


    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.

  • Kathy Ladd

    Kathy Ladd

    Vice President, COO

    A Baker Group employee for over 45 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.

  • Mark Zimmerman

    Mark Zimmerman

    Vice President of Finance

    In 2018, Mark joined Baker Group to enhance the financial team’s capacity to support the company’s growing business lines with finance, accounting, risk management and operational expertise. Mark graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1993, became a CPA and worked in public accounting for four years. In 1998, he went to work for one of his clients, Loffredo Fresh Produce, where he contributed to the company’s success year after year.

  • Randy Helm, CCIFP

    Randy Helm, CCIFP


    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 20 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.

  • Daryld Karloff, LEED AP

    Daryld Karloff, LEED AP

    Executive Vice President, Building Services

    Daryld started with Baker Group in 1996 as Service Manager. Daryld's Customer focus brought success and double-digit growth to our Service business. In 2001, Daryld became the Control Technology Manager, bringing a focus on process improvement that delivered significant growth in temperature controls, security and fire alarm systems. In 2004, Daryld became Vice President of Business Development for the entire Baker Group organization, and in 2015 he became Executive Vice President of Building Services.

  • 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 35 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.

  • 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.

  • Tom Wengert

    Tom Wengert

    Vice President, Sheet Metal Business Unit

    Tom brings over 30 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.

  • Mike Lipp, P.E.

    Mike Lipp, P.E.

    Electrical Business Unit Leader

    A construction industry veteran, Mike oversees Baker Group’s Electrical Business Unit operations. Over the past 20 years, he has designed and managed a wide range of jobs, including some of our largest and most complicated projects. Mike is well-respected for his team-focused management style and ability to deliver innovative solutions and clear direction to construction challenges. He is known for working collaboratively with all members of the construction team to deliver improved processes, ensure successful projects and manage with integrity and trust.

  • Jarod Stockel, P.E.

    Jarod Stockel, P.E.

    Automation Business Unit Leader

    Jarod brings over 11 years of experience in HVAC and Automation system design, installation, and operation to his leadership role in the Automation Business Unit. Jarod is a licensed Professional Engineer with extensive knowledge in Mechanical HVAC design and sustainable system strategies. He understands how to make buildings comfortable, productive and energy efficient. Jarod’s strong understanding of complex HVAC systems design, automation, power monitoring systems, and facility dashboards is a tremendous asset to our clients.

  • Jon Jackson

    Jon Jackson

    Fire/Security/PARCS Technology Business Unit Leader

    Jon’s drive to maximize clients’ safety and security, employee productivity and ROI has benefited clients in a multitude of business sectors – from private enterprise and healthcare to public agencies. Responsible for the overall operation, coordination, and growth of the Technology Business Unit, Jon Leads with a mindset of Ownership, and has a long track record of creating highly collaborative teams that help clients make strong financial decisions. Jon is a University of Minnesota Graduate and brings over 25 years of business and leadership experience to the Technology business unit. 

  • Dale J. Drent, P.E. LEED AP

    Dale J. Drent, P.E. LEED AP

    Service Business Unit Leader

    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.