Baker is an active member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors - International (ACCED-I) and recently nominated for the organization’s Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award. He joins HACC after 12 years serving as director of conference and event services at Messiah College.
Baker oversees the operation of HACC’s conference center including developing and implementing plans for departmental growth.
"I'm delighted to be the new director of the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center and look forward to serving the Harrisburg community with an amenity-filled venue built on commitment, communication, compassion, hospitality, integrity and stewardship," said Baker. "As director, my goal is to build a performance culture for providing exceptional levels of service to our clients. Bottom-line, it's exceptional service that makes the difference from being a good or great facility."
"I am delighted with the appointment of Mike Baker in the leadership role at HACC’s C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center," said Nancy Rockey, vice president of college and community development. "We will rely on his expertise and vision to improve and expand the conference center’s reputation for excellence as a premier facility in the area providing customized and personal service."
A graduate of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High, Baker has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and park management from Penn State University. He served on the Recreation and Park Management Practitioner Advisory Committee and participated in the mentoring program while at Penn State.
Baker and his wife, Beth, have three children.
The C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility reflecting a casual, relaxed atmosphere, with more than 8,000 square feet of attractive, fully-equipped seminar rooms with wireless Internet capability, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, executive conference tables with ergonomically designed executive seating and a full banquet menu.
The conference center is a member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Culinary University Food Services, American Society of Association Executives, Unique Venues and Meeting Professionals International.
More than 2,000 organizations are counted among the regular clients of a dedicated, long-term staff. For more details about the facility, conference logistics and menus, go towww.wildwoodconference.com.