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Name (Age): Michael Baxter (32)

Company/Title: Heber Associates, Inc. (Staffing Solutions), Heber Travel, Heber Group, LLC. Controller, Agent, Property Manager.

Family: Single

Brief Resume: I worked on and off for the family businesses throughout high school and college. In May 2004 began working full time at Heber Employment and Heber Travel. In 2007, promoted to Controller

What do you do? My primary responsibility is the bookkeeping and accounting of all businesses listed above. I also work on labor positions for Heber Associates, Inc. I am a full service travel agent. I also manage Heber Groups various properties.

Education: Graduated from Florida State University with Bachelors in History and Minor in Geography. Associates in Criminal Justice. South Glens Falls High School, Regents Diploma 1996.

Community Involvement: Saratoga Lions Club, Airway Meadows Benefit 5K Race/Walk (Race Director).

Hobbies: Ice Hockey, Softball, Golf, Skiing. Spending time with Family and Friends.

Career aspiration in high school: In high school and throughout college I began working toward attending Law School and becoming a contract attorney. This dream is still alive.

First job: Working on the family farm at age 10. First real job was bussing tables during breakfast at the Saratoga Race Course.

How did you get involved in the various businesses? I had been working throughout high school and college at the family companies. In college at FSU, I saw my family maybe once or twice a year. In late 2003, I realized that I would like to move back home. The companies had shown growth and were experiencing a slight turnover due to retirement. I have always been very interested in business and thought this would be a great opportunity to expand my understanding of how business works.

Five years from now I will be: My goal is to grow all three main businesses and become a part owner in each. I have a couple of idea’s of new businesses, that I would like to start.

Favorite Quote: Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. Edward R. Murrow

Favorite Book: Money Ball by Michael Lewis….about the analytical approach taken by the Oakland A’s to successfully compete against wealthier competitors in Major League Baseball.

Why do you choose to work/live in area? This area offers many possibilities, allows for a scenic journey and an affordable ride.

Favorite restaurant: New Way Lunch. You can never go wrong with a Cruddy John’s hot dog!
What would you change/add about the area? I think the corridor between Saratoga and Glens Falls needs to be linked. The Saratoga/Glens Falls region could become a very powerful economic engine, if it works together.

Charitable interests: I have always been one who will help anyone in need. As a lions member our mission is to help Blind, Hearing, Diabetes and Youth. I usually seek out organizations of which I can make a big impact.

What type of business contacts do you seek? For Heber Associates, I seek any business who is in need of employees. For Heber Travel I seek any person who is looking for leisure or business travel.

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