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All in the Family

Harry Baker knew he was onto something big when he opened our doors back 1953. His approach to audio visual was way ahead of its time. Since then, every member who has joined the Baker AV family embodies the very same passion, commitment and relentless pursuit for perfection that Baker AV brings to every project, for every client. It’s what we do.

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Keith Hicks, III

CEO

Keith Hicks, III

CEO

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Devoted, Steadfast, Thoughtful
  • What was your favorite hobby as a kid?
    • Terrorizing my younger sister
  • What do you love about working at Baker?
    • Every day is different, winning exciting clients and being in the middle of all our people
  • Who or what got you interested in AV?
    • Duke Mewborn, Baker’s VP when I started, he was so passionate about audio systems, his eyes sparkled when he talked about them, we later became partners, for 25 years, one of the best people I’ve ever known
  • Most memorable Baker project?
    • Wasn’t really a project, but helping put together the 48-year retirement celebration for longtime Baker employee, Lester Studstill. Seeing the look on his face and watching his family hear so many heartfelt expressions of admiration and real respect for such an outstanding employee was one of the most rewarding things.

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Dave Davis

Executive Vice President

Dave Davis

Executive Vice President

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Honorable, passionate, compassionate
  • What inspires you most?
    • Believe it or not, people’s ability to achieve under extreme conditions amazes me and inspires me to push harder.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
    • I had a swimming coach tell me that “As soon as you are satisfied, you need to quit”. This has been an inspiration for me since I was 14 years old.  I have carried this over in my personal life and in my professional life.  I am always looking for the one extra inch that I can push to achieve.  Once I get that, I look for the next one, never being satisfied.  Always strive for more!
  • Do you classify yourself as a nerd, artist or engineer?
    • All the above. I am a nerd at heart who loves to dissect anything mechanical and can get lost in the latest and greatest technological concepts.  I am also an artist who has been involved in music since I was 4 playing the violin first, drums second and the bass third.  Considering myself an engineer would do injustice to the profession.  I consider myself to have an engineering-like mind in the way that I think about concepts and consider technology implementation.
  • What gets your adrenaline pumping?
    • The chase of the sale
  • What advice would you give to someone interested in an AV career?
    • The possibilities are endless. Expose yourself to all facets of the industry.  There are no wrong paths.

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Joe Schuch

President

Joe Schuch

President

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Dedicated, passionate, engaging
  • What was your very first job?
    • Cashier at Hardees
  • What was your first concert?
    • Iron Maiden
  • If you could be anyone, who would it be and why?
    • Me; easy transition.
  • Do you classify yourself as a nerd, artist or engineer?
    • Enginerdist

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Paul Brinckmann

Integration Manager

Paul Brinckmann

Integration Manager

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Devoted, Sincere, Outgoing
  • Favorite movie?
    • The Breakfast Club
  • What is your favorite hobby now?
    • Making stuff out of pallets. Keeps my creativity going even when I am not at the office.
  • Most memorable Baker project?
    • My most memorable Baker project has to be the Delta Heritage Museum. I started on the project as a subcontractor and ended as a full-time employee. I would say that was the best career move I have done.

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Alexis Gilvarry

Accounting Manager

Alexis Gilvarry

Accounting Manager

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Focused, determined and dependable.
  • What was your very first job?
    • Accounting Assistant at Just In Time Distributors, LLC
  • Who had the biggest impact on your life and why?
    • My first manager Vicki Myers at Just In Time Distributors. She was a great mentor, helped me to grow in personal and professional life.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
    • Nothing is impossible if you put your mind and all efforts into it.

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Kasie Grant

Marketing Coordinator

Kasie Grant

Marketing Coordinator

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Loyal, meticulous, imaginative
  • What inspires you most?
    • What inspires me the most is envisioning my future self. I am fiercely devoted to my husband and our little family. Being able to imagine the possibilities of what our futures have in store together is the reason I get out of bed every day; trying to bring us one step closer to our goals and making the absolute most out of life.
  • What do you love about working at Baker?
    • Being able to come to work knowing that you look forward to what that day has in store is a profound thing this day-in-age. I have worked in many good environments, but Baker takes the cake, by far. We all really enjoy working together and each one of us is able to utilize our individual strengths to fortify this well-rounded team we have built. Even better than all of that, is the amount of praise and appreciation we receive for our efforts.

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Carolyn Haney

Purchasing Manager

Carolyn Haney

Purchasing Manager

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Devoted, Steadfast, Thoughtful
  • Most memorable Baker project?
    • They are all memorable, some more challenging than others. Our customer base is most impressive. Most impressive project; I would say the University of Alabama Stadium. I love SEC football.
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
    • I had always wanted to move to Seattle. Not sure why. My dreams have changed and now would like to find some lake property and live on the lake. No particular lake or location-just any lake. I still love to ski and love the water. It’s like a personal oasis for me.
  • Favorite, all-time quote?
    • “Hire the right people and you will never have to manage them. They will manage themselves.” This is one of the only personal items that I have on my Cube Farm. I look at it every day.

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Jarrett Jones

Director of Engineering

Jarrett Jones

Director of Engineering

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Intense, Particular, Cordial
  • Favorite movie?
    • Old School (2003)
  • What do you love about working at Baker?
    • Having the ability to be challenged with something new almost daily – we are always trying to do new things with old equipment and do old things with new equipment. Sometimes we even put the two combinations together – it doesn’t get old in the audiovisual industry.  Baker provides the conduit to new and exciting things every day, and you truly get back what you put in at Baker.  There is a genuine appreciation for hard work and good ethics, always try to do the right thing.   Baker is a great place to work, but even a better place to have a career.

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Jacki Kirsch

Customer Support Manager

Jacki Kirsch

Customer Support Manager

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Tenacious, Unconventional, Whimsical
  • What was your very first job?
    • A cashier at a small town ACE hardware store – I bet I would still be super good at cutting keys.
  • What do you love about working at Baker?
    • We put our people first and we know how to laugh at ourselves. Everything begins and ends with the question: “Have we done the right thing?”. There isn’t any corporate stuffiness or political two-stepping going on at Baker. We communicate openly, we genuinely get along, and we work hard to solve the puzzles and problems that arise day to day. It’s the best working environment anyone could ask for.
  • Favorite, all-time quote?
    • “Be mindful of the work you leave for others.” – Judge John Hodgeman

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Doug Stancil

Director of Special Projects

Doug Stancil

Director of Special Projects

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Dedicated, Creative, Hard Working
  • What is your favorite hobby now?
    • Live edge/Slab Woodworking
  • #1 thing on your bucket list?
    • Visit all of the National Parks
  • Most memorable Baker project?
    • Guardian Centers

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Jenny Thompson

Controller – Secretary/Treasurer

Jenny Thompson

Controller – Secretary/Treasurer

  • 3 words that describe you.
    • Friendly, Kind and Trustworthy
  • What inspires you most?
    • The successful completion of a task.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
    • Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Favorite, all-time quote?
    • “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi

Growth through Relationships

From our beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia over 64 years ago, Baker Audio Visual has grown to serve clients across the nation as well as internationally. Our projects extend from Atlanta to San Francisco to Dallas to New York to Miami and everywhere in between. Our solutions encompass executive boardrooms, college and pro stadiums, videoconferencing spaces, mission critical areas, training facilities, transportation systems and houses of worship. Although we are able to cover a broad area and many verticals, our core company strategy remains very focused – Creating long-term partnerships by exceeding expectations.