Craig Baker

Craig Baker at Work

With over 25 years of construction experience, Craig started with the basics and has since served in many capacities at First Companies including, broom-pusher, Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager, Property Management and Construction/Development Estimating prior to his promotion to company President. Craig has gone on to receive the prominent distinction of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member). As a CCIM, Craig is one of an elite few commercial realtors nationwide to hold this title. Whether it be space expansion evaluations, incorporating LEED principles, achieving specific design goals within strict budgets, or understanding the impact of building upgrades to a planned exit strategy, Craig offers deep expertise and knowledge that encompasses all facets of construction, real estate, and property management.

Craig provides leadership, vision and direction for the company, ensuring everyone is aligned with First Companies’ mission and strategy. He often works with the construction team in developing long-term strategies and goals, as well as with new clients communicating what First Companies offers and how we can best meet their needs.  Craig continually tracks the West Michigan market to identify opportunities to serve and understand trends that may impact the business and our clients.  He serves as the company’s spokesperson and evangelist with industry associations and organizations.

“My approach to every project is to first listen and ensure a complete understanding of the client’s goals and desires, followed by diligent studying and pre-planning – looking at the cost and schedule implications of each option.  This often includes supporting clients as they secure financing, and helping them determine what will best meet their short- and long-term goals, including leasing portions of their building and/or developing investment exit strategies.  After a project is completed, we can also facilitate a smooth transition to the property management group for ongoing maintenance and upkeep. We are proud to have skilled experts in each of these areas on the First Companies team, all under one roof.”