Brett is the owner of Baker and Associates which began in 1995. He first started Baker and Associates in the longstanding accounting firm owned by his father Jerry, in Chadron, Nebraska. In 2008 due to health reasons, the family accounting firm was sold to Dana F Cole and Company of Lincoln Nebraska. Brett continued with Baker and Associates for a limited number of clients, big and small, and serves as a Trust, Guardianship, Conservatorship Administrator and Project Management Accountant to this day.
In addition to the years of hands on accounting, tax and, management experience, Brett has additional private business experience within the agricultural arena from his work in farming, irrigating, haying and livestock raising operations for many years. He was in ownership Co-Management of a Case-IH/New Holland dealership during his college years serving in retail sales and warranty administration duties. His family acquired and operated a Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership and he was awarded the prestigious Chrysler Five-Star Dealer Award in 1994 while serving on the Denver Regional Dealer Council and being one of the youngest Dealer Principles at one time for all of the U.S. He formed a successful partnership and owned and operated a full service bar & lounge business for over 13 years before selling the successful business in 1997. He also managed private rental properties for residential dwellings and commercial real estate over the years and helped plan and manage construction of a 45-unit hotel property and Convention Center which was completed in 1998.
Brett is a native of Nebraska and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Agri-Business from Chadron State College and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs and Non-Profit Operations from Park University in Missouri. In the public government sector, Brett is a Credentialed Manager with the International City-County Management Association (ICMA). Brett and his firm assists with project developments involving grants, budgets, and tax increment financing modeling. He recently completed his contractual obligations after serving almost nine years in a City-County Government Administrator-Manager roles with two cities in eastern Nebraska.
Beginning in 2001, he served municipalities in the state of Kansas in the capacities as City Administrator, City Clerk, and Interim Public Works Director for five years. In Nebraska during his public sector career, he was voted to lead an unprecedented two full terms as Nebraska State President for the Nebraska City-County Management Association (NCMA) from 2011 thru 2013. He has also served in various other NCMA Officer and Board positions, serving as Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. In 2011, Brett was presented the prestigious Nebraska Planning & Zoning Association (NPZA) Professional of the Year Award. He is a founding charter member of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) and has served as its State Treasurer. He served as the Nebraska City County Management Association (NCMA) Volunteer Representative on the State Executive Board of the League of Nebraska Municipalities (LONM) until the fall of 2015.
His community and public service dedication has spanned many years as he is a retired Firefighter/Emergency Rescue and Fire Department Officer. He served as Deputy Emergency Management Director for Lancaster County-City of Lincoln, Nebraska until 2011. Nebraska Governor Johanns appointed Brett as the Nebraska State Site Selection Chairperson for the new statewide Workforce Development Centers. He was also a member of the NPPD Rate Review Board, past chairperson of a Community Housing Foundation group, along with numerous Economic Development Boards, Animal Shelter Board of Directors positions and the Nebraska State Jaycees Service Organization.
Brett is a member of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Plains Trail Network in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is also a Information Technology Commission state board member, ICMA Advisory Board Member for Graduate Education (ABGE) and ICMA Ambassador Committee and has volunteered with the Nebraska TeamMates Program. He is the father of two active teenagers and married to his wife, Noelle, for 30 years. Brett can be described as a tenacious take-charge, no-nonsense kind of leader who is accountable, as well as open-minded to new ideas and experiences. Reading and staying up on current issues is a personal enjoyment, as well as following his children's musical and sporting activities, travelling and Barrett-Jackson Car Auctions.