Keith Baker has been named vice president of Minnesota Operations for Belleville, Ill. based Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC (KEG), a 100-percent woman-owned and managed civil engineering and construction contracting firm.
Baker has 30 years of business experience in private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as 18 years of experience with MnDOT.
“Keith is an influential leader in business and has a genuine compassion for the community and its development,” said Geri Boyer, KEG’s president and founder. “He’s the perfect individual to drive KEG’s operations in the Twin Cities region.”
Baker said KEG is a significant asset to the region.
“Demand is high for (women and) minority-owned firms in the region (to fill government contracts), yet few firms exist,” said Baker. “KEG has the expertise and the capabilities to fill this gap.”
Baker said KEG will build and nurture long-lasting relationships, forging new partnerships, and fostering collaborations with communities, agencies and the industry to advance opportunities for women and minority-owned firms to help them compete.
According to Baker, there is an abundance of contract opportunities in the region for minority-owned businesses. He said over the next 10 years, $10 billion is slated for public infrastructure improvements and private development in the Twin Cities metropolitan area alone, and $6.8 billion is projected in the next 20 years for projects in Rochester.
Baker is an executive board member and program chair with Everybody In, an organization with the goal to eliminate racial employment disparities in St. Paul and Minneapolis and the seven-county region by 2020.