Tommy Baker was born in Charleston, South Carolina, close to the banks of the Wando and Cooper Rivers and the historic Charleston peninsula. He attended Moultrie High School, and after distinguishing himself on the baseball fields and the dance floors of the Lowcountry, graduated in 1964. Motivated by a desire to serve his country and the patriotism of many past generations of Charlestonians, Tommy enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. His service took him far from Charleston, to Okinawa in Japan and finally back home in 1968 where he enrolled at The Citadel, South Carolina’s preeminent Military College.
Tommy’s pursuit of education did not simply stop after leaving the Citadel in 1972. In 1988 he was accepted into Harvard Business School’s exclusive Owner/President Management Program, an intensive three-year study of business models and executive education.
After spending 25 years as an automobile dealer across the South, Tommy felt it was time to return to his first love, Charleston. Combining his extensive experience with acute business savvy and his one-of-a-kind amicable personality, Tommy founded Baker Motor Company in 1988. After staring out on Morrison Drive in Downtown Charleston with a single dealership, Tommy has since expanded Baker Motor Company to now include Mercedes Benz, Maybach, Porsche, Sprinter, Land Rover, Infiniti, Jaguar, Smart Car, Maserati, and a luxury Pre-Owned Center on its main campus on Savannah Highway. Recent additions to his line-up include an east of the Cooper River Luxury Pre-Owned Center and Baker GMC Buick Cadillac on Savannah Highway.
Tommy currently resides between his homes in historic downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island, SC with his wife, Vickie, of 30 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. He is an avid runner, and most recently took up the challenging sport of paddle boarding. Tommy also enjoys time on his yacht, playing golf and spending as much time as possible with his family and friends.