How did you originally start the company? Under the tutelage of my late father-in-law Harold Miller. I started out as a full time Industrial Arts teacher at Poughkeepsie Middle School, but I spent my free time attending job sites. I used to watch my grandfather make cabinets and build furniture. I was always so proud that he could build something from nothing. This, coupled with my drive for success as I got older, allowed me to start a business that is now something I can truly be proud of. From my grandfather's influence to my kids coming on board, it's just been an amazing journey.
When working on a project, how do you define success? Originally it was: did we keep the doors open? Today: to hear so many people say nice things about us. It really brings a smile to my face.
What sets Baxter apart? We always try to please our customers by really listening, going beyond their expectations instead of just being dollar-driven. I really care about doing great work for our clients.
How do you see the company changing over the next 5 - 10 years? My children have moved the company to another level. Their vision is our future now as a company, and the energy they bring is really exciting. Their skills deepen the range of what we can offer and together, there's no limit to what we can do.
What do you like about building in the Hudson Valley? The opportunity to leave your mark on the world in a place this beautiful, and being able to give back to communities through our work. It's not always possible, but doing what we do in this region, at this time, is just incredible.
Favorite building in the Hudson Valley? Mill House. It was a real family project, saving it from being a pile of bricks and creating something so special.