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Meet the Chairman: Phillip Baker

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September 10, 2015
“It’s the only job I’ve ever had besides milking cows and changing tires while growing up in Smith County,” said Phillip Baker, a smile on his face.
Baker, who is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, is referring to his position with Farm Bureau Insurance where he has served his clients for 24 years.
He is a dedicated family man, an early riser, and most importantly, a hard worker.  These traits have led him to where he is today, chairing the board for the voice of business in Putnam County.
Baker graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1991.  While at Tech he served as Student Government Association President and the Student Regent on the Tennessee Board of Regents.  After graduating, he began his long career with Farm Bureau. It was then that he attended his first Chamber networking event.  For 6 years, until he was relocated to Lafayette, Tennessee, Baker regularly attended many networking events like Business Before Hours.
His experience in the Chamber world here in Cookeville helped him advance in his new surroundings, as he eventually chaired the board of the Macon County Chamber of Commerce.
Upon relocating back to Cookeville in 2005 he met Dianne Callahan, now the Vice President of Organizational Development, and became reengaged as a Chamber Ambassador being the goodwill arm of the Chamber.  Shortly after returning to Cookeville, he began his board appointment. Now some 7 years later, Baker is halfway through his tenure as chairman and hopes to leave a positive legacy.
“Celebrating the strength of our chamber and the relationships we have with our community partners is very important to me,” he said. “I hope that by the end of my tenure, more people will understand the significance of volunteering and being engaged in making our community an even better place.”
Regarding his involvement with the board he added, “Our Board of Directors is a unique group of talented people.  It speaks highly of our community that we have such a special group that gives of their time to be change agents and leaders.”
Other roles Baker has served in include President of the Rotary Club of Cookeville, Chairman of the BlueCross Bowl Steering Committee. He also currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Tennessee FFA Foundation, Inc.
When he isn’t at his office or the Chamber, Baker is a dedicated family man, enjoying life with his wife of 23 years, Chris, and his three kids Mitch, Nick, and Abbey.   He and his family are active members of Stevens Street Baptist Church.