Arnold Baker is the CEO of Baker Ready Mix & Building Materials, a regional producer of concrete and provider of aggregates and construction materials.
In addition to being a member of the New Orleans Board of Trade, Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Business Council and Kate Middleton Elementary School Board, Arnold is the past Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and regularly serves on boards and commissions as evidence of his ongoing commitment to both community and business development.
Serving on mall management and redevelopment teams for three of the nation’s largest mall developers immediately after college, gave Arnold an early appreciation for the unique political, financial and community challenges and opportunities facing diverse urban centers and the minority business community.
This experience was further refined at the City of New Orleans, where he served in several capacities including Assistant to the Mayor for Policy, Planning and Development supporting the financing and diversity business inclusion compliance requirements for over a dozen mixed use public private development and construction projects. After leaving the city but immediately prior to starting Baker Ready Mix, Arnold served as Managing Member of the Centergy Development Group, a Southeast region construction management and development consultancy.
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Texas State University, married to Fashion Week New Orleans Entrepreneur Tracee Dundas, and is the recipient of a host of awards and recognitions including the National Black Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, JA Louisiana Business Hall of Fame, and the DNP Trail Blazer of the Year awards, amongst others.