Okay, okay, this somewhat-dated photo is left over from several years ago, taken for a nonprofit K-12 education project.
For well over a decade Vernon A Baker, Jr. has looked to systems and algorithms in designing an Internet-based platform to ramp up every metric of pre-k-12 education in the U.S. Massively complex, the nonprofit, pre-startup effort pre-dates Facebook, targets every pre-k-12 student in the nation and the youngest of children as well—and their parents. The "Model," as it is referred to in www.HSeverywhere.com, is designed to not only recast k-12 educational results across the nation, but to measure the outcomes in hard numbers.
If you would like to help with the project, please contact Mr. Baker.
Mr. Baker is also the president of CMHUSA and for 30 years has been the president of NB Properties & Development, Inc. A tremendous advantage during that time has been the keen judgement of his wife, Gay, who for several years was the executive assistant to the Director of Housing Operations of one of the largest housing authorities in the US.
In 1972 while a senior at Virginia Tech, Vernon Baker was recruited by General Electric for GE's exclusive Manufacturing Management Program. Upon degree completion in industrial engineering and operations research (think factory and systems engineering) and moving to Allentown, PA, he began taking MMP classes at a GE facility in Valley Forge, PA. As it turned out, Valley Forge was doing innovative, exploratory work with systems construction.
He has had a class A builder's license for approximately 30 years and began developing subdivisions for his own account (with no prior experience and always as the sole principal) in the 1990s. Years before, while in engineering school, he was a subcontractor for new home construction and multifamily. And before that he served four years in the US Navy, including a tour in the Gulf of Tonkin—late 1967, early '68.
Bits of trivia
Vernon Baker was one of the youngest members ever appointed by the Richmond City Council as a Commissioner for the Office on Aging. Gay Baker served for years on the Board of Directors of Richmond's oldest private school.
Free real estate advice
Real estate agents often do a great job and many are excellent, but sometimes there may be other approaches that you may want to discuss with your broker, other than simply putting the property on the market for sale. Vernon Baker (having advised both seasoned brokers and novice sales agents for 20 years) may have a few suggestions for you. The advice is free, but Mr. Baker requests that you coordinate with your real estate broker, attorney and tax adviser, a good policy as you plan. Can real estate transactions be done in a different way?
Vernon Baker views modular homes as stronger, safer and greener, with the caveat of qualified oversight