Meet Our Staff

Frederick (Ted) K. Baker, Jr. - Chief Executive Officer

Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ted moved to Florida in 1986. Mr. Baker graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Finance while working for Tamaqua Cable Company in the Sales Division. Upon moving to Florida he worked for Investors of Florida Savings for four years as a Commercial Property Manager, giving him a clear understanding of property management.

 

Ted started Baker Landscaping in 1991 with one truck and one mower. He has spent the last twenty-four years building it into one of the most successful landscape businesses in the Central Florida area. Today the company has over 150 employees and opened its second location in Tampa, Florida in 2013. When asked why he wanted to work in landscaping he said, “I always had a burning desire to work in the landscape industry.” He notes that it has been a privilege to watch the company and the future of its employees grow. Ted describes his career with Baker Landscaping as a “true blessing.”

Marc Blum - President

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Marc calls Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., his hometown. Mr. Blum first moved to Longwood, Florida in 1978. He graduated from Lake Brantley High School (Forest City, Florida 1981) and the School of Accounting, BSBA, University of Central Florida (1987). Marc started his business career in 1987 with ITT Financial Services in Alexandria, Virginia.  His experience at ITT prepared him for a career in the mortgage industry.  He was quickly promoted to Vice President of Freedom Mortgage Corporation in 1989. In 1992, Mr. Blum opened his first small business, a collections firm in Rockville, MD. 

 

Mr. Blum relocated back to Longwood, Florida in 1998, when he purchased a community management firm.  His position was President of National Association Management Company until 2006 when his collections and management businesses were sold to private parties through M & A transactions. In 2007, Mr. Baker hired Marc as Chief Financial Officer of Baker Commercial Landscaping.  Mr. Blum is currently President overseeing three Baker companies.

Ned Gantt - General Manager

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Raised in Chester, South Carolina, Ned got his start on the golf course run by Leroy Springs Recreation in Fort Mill in 1970. In 1978 he was offered a position with Rock Hill Country Club as the Head Golf Course Superintendent. He was later offered the same position at Richland County Recreation Department in Columbia, South Carolina (1980). In 1991 he relocated to Orlando to work for AT&T Micro Electronics overseeing the landscaping department.

 

Ned met Ted Baker in 1995 and a friendship was born that has lasted almost twenty years. Ned was offered a position with the young company and was one of the first Baker Landscaping employees. When he started with the company he was working a mower alongside Mr. Baker and today holds position of General Manager. He notes that one of the great things about working at Baker is the way Ted treats his employees, saying “he is always there for anyone who needs anything.” He says it is a pleasure to come to work every day because Baker Landscaping is like family.

Andrea Ashe - Executive Manager

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Andrea was born and raised in Central Florida. She graduated Winter Park High School and Rollins College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. Andrea worked for the Career Services Department at Rollins while in attendance there. Prior to graduation she took a position with the Altamonte Springs Fire Department as administrative assistant and worked there for three years handling purchasing, payroll, and the station’s budget.

 

Andrea started with Baker Landscaping in 1996 on an on-call basis. As the company grew, her position with the company grew as well. She has handled all administrative aspects of the business. She currently focuses on payroll, payables and collections. Andrea’s favorite part of her job is the growth of the company which ensures that each and every day brings something different.

Trey Rolquin – Business Development Manager

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Trey is a native Floridian and Orlando resident. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (2010) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture with a minor in Agriculture Business. Following graduation he interned and later accepted a full time position with Valleycrest Landscape. During his 7 years with the company he honed his skills and focused his attention on resorts in the Disney area. Trey has a passion for plants that lends itself to his enthusiasm for his career. He is currently working on his Arborist certification.

 

Baker welcomed Trey in 2016. He now oversees business development, designing new landscape installations using our in house design program which allows clients to see realistic renditions of their projects. When asked what his favorite part of working for Baker has been so far, he says, “the people and the clients we work with each day. It is a joy to connect people and design projects.”

Roger Cooper – Branch Manager, Tampa

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Roger was born in Kansas City, Missouri and became a Floridian in 2002. He began his career in the landscaping industry in 1994 with TruGreen LawnCare. Throughout his time with TruGreen he grew from Residential Sales Representative to Area Manager, spanning a 17 year incumbency across four states including New York, Nevada, California and Florida. He has a knack for promoting company growth and a down to earth way of talking with clients that cultivates friendships throughout his accounts.

 

Roger joined the Baker team in 2016 and immediately got to work. He wasted no time in getting to know the crew members, the properties and the clientele. In short time he has proven himself to be a team player who is both knowledgeable and fair. Roger “loves the family atmosphere, the quality of the work, and the honesty that Mr. Baker expects which makes our jobs so much easier because our customers are happy.”

Charlie Booth – Operations Manager, Tampa

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Born in “Motor City” Detroit, Michigan and raised in West Virginia, Charlie is a graduate of Wayne High School (1983). Following his high school career he joined the Air Force and traveled the United States securing an honorable discharge from his time in the service (1988). He holds his Florida Pest Control Operator’s license.

 

Charlie has over 10 years’ experience in landscaping with an extensive background in landscape maintenance. He is results oriented and deadline driven with established supervisory skills. He has held positions from crew leader to account manager to branch manager. When asked what the best part of working for Baker has been so far Charlie answered, “it is hard to say as I have found so many reasons. Having an owner that cares for his employees is evident every day. It is a pleasure to come to work each morning and the professionalism is top notch. I have been impressed since the day I started.”

Bob Jensen – Sales Manager

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Mr. Jensen is a born salesman. Growing up in Englewood, New Jersey he graduated Gordon College (Wilhelm, MA) with his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Political Science (1978). Not long after graduation Bob relocated to Florida where he began working with Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers. He was with the company for seventeen years where he held the title of Salesman for Multi-Family Housing. Bob then joined DuraTek where he worked as a Salesman, followed by Sherwin Williams where he was named National Salesman for Commercial Wallcovering. Bob has earned #1 Salesman Awards in every position he has held.

 

Bob joined the Baker team in 2010 as Sales Manager and immediately got to work. His enthusiasm is as bold as his marketing strategies and anyone from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), which he is involved with, will tell you that. When asked what makes Baker different he quoted Baker’s “outstanding quality and commitment to our clients and their properties.” He says the best aspects of his job are “working with our family of people, making cocktails, and delivering donuts.”

John Lackey – Sales Manager

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John has always known he wanted to be a salesman. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management & Marketing from Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA). In almost 20 years of sales experience John has worked in food, construction, business development, and local government. Notable roles include Bacon Product Manager for Smithfield Packing, Inc. (), Business Development Manager with MAPP Construction, Partner with Horizon Sales & Marketing, and Membership Development Executive for Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

He joined Baker in early 2013 and quickly began networking. In his time here he has learned the landscaping industry and become involved with the Central Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He says that the best part of his job is “working for a family owned business where everyone takes ownership of their respective departments and works together as a team.”

Leo Velez – Operations Manager

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Growing up in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Leo found a passion for aeronautics. In 1983 he immigrated to the United States and attended Miami-Dade Community College, followed by Barry University where he was awarded his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aviation and Allied Studies with a minor in Weather (1992). Leo is a licensed pilot.

 

Leo began work with Home Depot and quickly moved into the Operations Manager position. After thirteen years with the retail store he joined Baker Landscaping as a crew member in 2007. Just three and half months later Leo was promoted to Account Manager and still holds that position today. Leo is responsible for a region of clients and takes his work with him wherever he goes. He is a committed liaison for his clients between their landscape service and their special project needs. His love of people makes new faces one of the best parts of his job.

Al Wilde – Operations Manager

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Al was born and raised in Imperial, Pennsylvania. He moved to Florida in 1985 and began his career in landscaping at Carol King. There he was responsible for overseeing the landscape maintenance of the Orange County Convention Center, which he did successfully for over two years. Al joined the Baker team in 2000 as a crew member and quickly worked his way to a foreman position.

 

As a foreman Al showed unimpeded energy and good organization of his crew members. His largest property was Central Florida Research Park and he effectively managed the landscape maintenance on site. To that end, he was promoted to Account Manager in 2013. Since then he has assumed responsibility for a portfolio of clients and proven to be a quick study in the sales aspects of his job. He enjoys meeting new people every day and says that he has so many great people to work with both in and out of the office.

Lorin Jackley – Operations Manager

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Lorin calls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home. He graduated Bethany College (Bethany, West Virginia – 1997) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. His eye for detail and design has made his career in the landscaping industry project-oriented. Lorin has over twelve years’ experience designing and leading new plant installations and construction projects. At Blackwood & Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he acted as Project Coordinator and Construction Foreman handling the construction of retaining structures, concrete layout, site excavation, and grading for high end residential projects.

 

Lorin moved to Florida in 2011 and began work with Concepts in Greenery as Project Coordinator and Install Foreman. There he led major commercial plant installations and new construction projects. He accepted a position with Baker in 2013 and came on board as Account Manager overseeing a portfolio of commercial clients. His keen sense of design can be seen in the enhancement projects he designs for them. Lorin sites teamwork as one of the favorite parts of his job, saying “when a problem arises the Baker team comes together to find a solution.”

Dairon De La Rosa – Operations Manager

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Patrick Hilton – Operations Manager

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David Huebsch – Maintenance Division Manager

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Erich Short – Irrigation Manager

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Kim Boes – Irrigation Administrative Assistant

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John Tutton, Jr. – Fertilization & Pest Control Manager

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John was born in Queens, New York and attended Queens College where he earned his Associates of Business Degree. He began his career in pest control in 1986 with Truly Nolan where he gained experience in all areas of pest control, both indoor and outdoor. He chose to specialize in Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control reflecting his love of being outdoors. His long career with Truly Nolan further prepared him for his work in this field.

 

Having found a passion for landscape, John began coursework at the University of Florida where he studied in the areas of Horticulture, Agriculture, and Entomology. His dedication to his work has gained him certifications in Lawn & Ornamental and Aquatic Pest Control from the State of Florida. John started with Baker in 2011 and has managed our Fertilization & Pest Control division ever since. He says his favorite part of the job is solving pest problems for his clients and keeping Central Florida green.

Jon Wynn – Installation Manager

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Jon began his career in the United States Military Navy as a firefighter and damage control operator (E4). Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, Jon went to work for Commercial Mowers in Rockledge, Florida where he started as a crew member. He was promoted to foreman and then to General Manager. He stayed with the company for fifteen years before joining the Baker team.

 

Jon came to us in 2010 as an Account Manager overseeing a portfolio of commercial clients. He worked diligently to ensure that the property managers he served had all of their landscape needs met. Jon showed particular interest in installation projects and was promoted to Installation Manager in 2012, where he currently coordinates all design installations with his own crew. His goal on each job is to ensure that each client is satisfied with the look of their property at the conclusion of a project and says that landscape installations are like art requiring a good eye and attention to detail.

Jacquie Galloway – Sales and Operations

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Sharlene Cardona – Executive Assistant

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Anita Lopes – Administrative Assistant

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Anita grew up in Rhode Island and began her career in local government at the City of East Providence Building Inspection Division and Zoning Office. For four years she maintained building plans, permits, City Zoning Board agendas, and meetings. In 2000 she accepted a position with the Massachusetts Fire Department working as Secretary for the Fire Chief and HIPPA Coordinator for the town Fire and Rescue (Town of Seekonk). She moved to Florida in 2008.

 

Upon settling in Florida she began work at GCR, Inc., a government contractor at the NSA Orlando Navy Base (2009). There she acted as Service Order Dispatch, handling accounts receivable/payable, payroll, and other office administrative duties. Anita came to work for Baker after GCR, Inc. was sold in 2013. She currently assists in the management of the Irrigation Department, overseeing all administrative aspects including purchasing, scheduling, and billing. For Anita, the best part of her job is delivering exceptional customer service.

Denise Khan – Office Assistant

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Denise hails from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She moved to Florida in 1998 and began her coursework at Valencia College where she graduated with her Associates Degree in 2001. She then attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature (2005). She began her career in the legal field as a paralegal, most notably for William E. Kreuter, esp., a sole practitioner in Central Florida. There she was responsible for preparing all legal documents including Notices of Appearance, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Real Estate contracts.

 

Denise came to work for Baker in 2012 and joined the team as Receptionist which includes office assistant duties. She is currently responsible for issuing Certificates of Insurance, maintaining client files, addressing general client concerns, and is the first person to greet our clients in the office. She notes that the Baker team is the best part of her job and that “interacting with both co-worker and client is a joy every day.”

Greg Chamberlain – Dispatch

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Greg Chamberlain

Greg was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and attended Daytona State College where he earned his Associates of Science Degree in Photography (1992). He quickly started up a career in art and photography, both of which he still maintains today in his spare time. Before his jump into the landscaping arena he designed and manufactured jewelry for a Daytona Beach retail store.

 

Greg moved to the Central Florida area and began on his career path in landscaping at Foliage Design Systems in Orlando. There he was responsible for new plant installation, working with focus on aesthetic design. He began with Baker in 2012 working at the NSA Navy Base on grounds detail. There he concentrated his attention on landscape maintenance and learning the aspects of grounds work. He was promoted to dispatch a year later and today maintains the drive routes for the Orlando maintenance crews. His work assists the Operations Division by pinpointing deficiencies and elevating efficiency. When asked what he enjoys most about his job Greg says, “The truly favorite part of my job is the people I work with directly and indirectly. All are so nice and professional, yet very fun, very much like a second family.”

Eric Cordero – Service Manager

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Eric was born in Puerto Rico where he graduated from the School of Art and Technology of San Juan with a degree in Diesel and Gasoline Engine Mechanics. With over 17 years of experience, Eric is ASE certified at as a Master Mechanic/Diesel Technician at the highest level. He is persistent in his endeavors to learn all that he can in his field. Current certifications include but are not limited to: International, Cummins, and Detroit engine series, International Trucks Air System Diagnose/Repair, and Maintenance & Overhaul. He shows high competency in providing leadership to teammates which increases repair accuracy, minimizes lost time and ensures safety in the workplace. Eric’s most notable accomplishment has been opening his own business in 2005 servicing over 30 accounts throughout Orlando.

 

He expressed how pleased he is working for Baker saying, “In the 4 years working as a private contractor for Baker I observed the high quality and ethical standards of leadership. In March 2015 I accepted the offer to work as Service Manager and in this position I can honestly say that we have a family structure which ensures that each and every employee is just that: family.” 

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