"I loved Owens, it had a great culture and the education gave me the total package to run a business."
Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Nolan Baker knew he wanted to be in the investment business from an early age. His parents, both business owners, taught him the importance of saving and investing your money.
"I was buying mutual funds at age 12 with my paper route money" said Baker, who was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio.
Two days after graduating high school, Baker jumped on a bus for Parris Island, South Carolina, to join the United States Marine Corps.
"I thought it would be good to serve our country," he said.
After an honorable discharge, he focused on his passion for a career in the financial services industry.
Using his GI benefits, he enrolled at a local university. After a short time there, he found out that a big university was not for him. He decided to transfer to Owens.
"A large university was just too big for me, I did better in a smaller classroom," Baker said. "It was easier to understand the professor and what they were teaching you."
In 1998, he graduated from Owens with an associate degree in Financial Management Technology.
"I loved Owens, it had a great culture and the education gave me the total package to run a business," said Baker. "I was prepared extremely well for this industry."
Nolan married his high school sweetheart, Karen and in 1994 they started Baker Financial Group. Today, their firm focuses on independent retirement planning that develops advanced strategies in the areas of managing money, protecting assets and efficiently planning estates. The Retirement Resource Center, in Maumee, manages a quarter of a billion dollars and serves local clients.
People may also know Baker as one of the "Retirement Guys" from the radio show that he and Mark Clair, an attorney and business partner, broadcasts every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1370 WSPD.
"Being a Retirement Guy, I get to help people focus on their retirement goals," said Baker. "I help them build a roadmap to get them to where they want to be."
The Retirement Guys write locally for the Toledo Free Press. Baker is regularly asked to be a featured speaker and specializes in the retirement market on a national level. From interviews with Suze Orman, to appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg and CBS Marketwatch, he focuses his mission on educating Americans on how to be financially self reliant.
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