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Dave Baker

Dave Baker

Professional Bio

Dave partners with manufacturing leaders to select the right people, develop their teams, and retain key talent. He believes everyone deserves to work with a great leader and that too often we complicate the development processes for them. As leaders have a direct impact on the culture of the organization, Dave is intentional in helping them foster an environment where people want to work, do their best, and get results.

After spending more than 20 years in HR working in the automotive, pharmaceutical, and wood products manufacturing industries, Dave knows what truly drives organizational culture, workforce engagement, and employee retention — and it’s not compensation and benefits. It’s the quality of the leadership at all levels and how they connect, communicate, and support their team members in getting results.

Having also worked in manufacturing front-line management, Dave experienced first-hand the downstream effects and opportunities for the HR function to enhance its’ contribution. He knows about “swimming in the stream he helped pollute”, for which he attributes much of his HR success to what he learned during that time.

Dave is an ICF certified executive coach, and credentialed HR professional with a master’s degree in I/O Psychology from the University of TN – Chattanooga. He is also a certified emotional intelligence practitioner, a Career Coach, co-founder of HR HotSeat-Greenville, and a licensed partner with The Predictive Index for talent optimization.
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