If you told Tamara Baker’s younger self she would one day own a business, she would have believed you. She has been an entrepreneur since the age of 12 when she started a dance camp for young girls. Her engineering and construction career began in 1992, and since then she has held positions including rodman on a survey crew, draftsman, drill-rig manager, truss designer, geotechnical engineer, structural engineer and business owner. She can run business meetings or crawl under dusty buildings – the point is, she’s not afraid of working hard or getting dirty.
In 2004, at the age of 32, after working at a national design-build firm, Tamara decided to start her own engineering business. She has never looked back.
Tamara holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (materials) from the University of Florida. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
One of Tamara’s engineering passions involves reviving historic structures and working within historic commercial zones. She has been involved in several cornerstone projects, and has won nine City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Awards and an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Merit Award.
Tamara has been an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida, teaching Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Structures, Surveying, Drafting, and Estimating to students of the Building Construction Management Program. She is a member of the St. Nicholas Preservation Society, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and the Florida Structural Engineering Association (FSEA).
In 2018, Tamara was the recipient of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s Women of Distinction award, honoring outstanding women in Northeast Florida for their professional accomplishments, service to others and community impact.
Outside of her professional life, Tamara is actively involved with her church, Southside United Methodist Church. She has been an activist for the battle against breast cancer since winning her own fight in 2015. She and her husband Bobby are parents to daughter, Olivia Bell and son, Nathaniel Banks.