Meet our Members

This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them. 

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Timothy Baker

Timothy Baker

I'm passionate about: Anything agriculture related. I have a cattle and grain farm myself, but I also enjoy meeting with clients in the ag industry and helping them make the best decisions for their different situations. Things are constantly changing in the agri-business world, so I like to be able to educate others in this industry.

When I have free time: I prefer to travel and read.

Last book I read: “Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees” by Doug Lipp.

3 words that best describe you: Dedicated, motivated, persistent

What message do you have for high school and college kids about a career as a CPA? Never stop learning.

What is your biggest achievement to date? Starting this CPA firm and continuing to grow it, but the best is yet to come.

Tell us about some of your philosophies and principles toward life: Every day at work is like a football game. This business is a team sport./p>

What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in the profession? Technology has changed immensely! This includes everything such as the different software used to prepare tax returns, to being able to communicate information back and forth securely with our clients who live near and far.

How has your background and experience shaped who you are today? I grew up on a farm, so I learned about hard work and helping others at a young age.

I was inspired to be a CPA because: My brother-in-law and his brother were CPAs.

If I weren’t a CPA, you might find me: Teaching or coaching.

Any interesting stories you would like to share? During my first three years of college, I wanted to be a teacher/coach. I had never taken any accounting classes in high school or college but switched to accounting. My adviser said I was never going to make it.

How has being a member of ISCPA helped you? The continuing education classes provide knowledge and the ability to network with others. The ISCPA is a great resource for our firm whether it be questions about the CPA industry or continuing education. We are a 100% Membership Commitment firm and proud of it.

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Job: Partner at T.L. Baker & Co LLP, Grinnell

Hometown: Chelsea

Alma mater: University of Northern Iowa

First job: i worked in retail sales at a a men's clothing store.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp

My favorite things about my job: The people that I get to interact with on a daily basis.

Favorite vacation spot: Caribbean

I never leave home without: A good book

People doln't know this about me but: I have a cattle and grain farm.

Tim and his wife Sherry reside in Grinnell with their son, Nick.