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Richard D. Baker2005 Honoree*

Ponderosa Homes

Richard Baker has been a Bay Area homebuilder for more than 20 years, leading three respected companies in the region. Since 1998, Baker has been president of Ponderosa Homes, a privately owned company that has been building homes in the Bay Area for nearly 30 years. Previously, he served as president of Greystone Homes’ North Bay Division, launching the company’s Northern California operations in 1992. Before that, he served as president of Pulte Homes’ Northern California Division for seven years, and was a member of the team that opened that firm’s Northern California operation in 1983.

Baker has served in numerous leadership capacities for building industry organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Northern California (the Bay Area homebuilders association) and the California Building Industry Association. He also is a past chairman of HomeAid of Northern California, the industry’s primary charitable organization, and currently is a board member of the influential Bay Area Council.

Baker is also active in local charities, including leading Ponderosa’s fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes.