Lou Baker, a long-time active and dedicated member of MBIA (formerly HBAM/ MNCBIA) and a past President, was chosen to receive the 2015 Milton E. Kettler Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in recognition of his nearly 20 years of achievement, meaningful participation and contributions to the building industry and to the community in which he lives and works.
Lou received this prestigious award in recognition of numerous contributions to the Association, including participating on multiple technical and legislative committees throughout the years, serving on the former Home Builders Association of Maryland’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and stepping up to serve as president in 2008. In 2014, Lou threw his support behind the proposed merger of HBAM and the Maryland Building Industry Association and played an active role on not one, but two merger working groups, who worked tirelessly to ensure the merger went smoothly and resulted in the establishment of a new strong, successful association.
Apart from his Association work, Lou is heavily involved in community and charitable activities, including the American Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity, Johns Hopkins Children’s House, Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, Lombardi Cancer Institute, Ronald McDonald House, and
the George L. Baker Jr. Scholarship Fund. As a proud Loyola University graduate, he served as a board member of the school’s Alumni Association and was a steering committee member for their Accounting Alumni Circle.
His achievements over the years have not gone unnoticed. He was honored as Home Builder of the Year in 2008 by HBAM and also received the Homebuilding Lifetime Achievement Award from Maryland Life magazine. Now he is being honored with the prestigious Milton E. Kettler Award for his service to the industry and for contributions that go above and beyond “normal” volunteer activity.
The award presentation was made on December 5 at MBIA’s Winter Ball held at the Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, MD.
*excerpt from BUILD Magazine