August 2020

Men Behind the Business: Larry Baker

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Larry Baker
Espy Lumber Company
Larry Baker, regional showroom manager for Espy Lumber Company, doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He has specialized in hardware sales for over 20 years and currently oversees the Hilton Head Island and Okatie showrooms. One of his personal mottos is, “Never take criticism from someone you don’t respect.”

Baker prides himself on making the builder’s job easier by selecting the proper construction supplies and hardware. Espy Lumber Company provides housing materials from the foundation up to the shingles. As a full line building supplier, Espy Lumber Company has window and door specialists, decking experts and a material estimating team who can successfully meet your building needs.

A potential client once told Baker that he was satisfied with one of his competitors, at which time Baker went back to the drawing board and made some improvements to his strategy and service. His persistence paid off, and that same client who told him no has been a loyal customer for the last 18 years. Baker truly believes that sometimes the word no just means not now.

Baker proudly served our country in the United States Air Force. He is an active member in the Disabled American Veterans Beaufort Chapter 12 organization. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons. One of his biggest running accomplishments was running a 50K (Yes, that’s 31 miles!) at Palmetto Bluff a few years ago.

On a more personal note, this year, Baker and his lovely wife Heather (also known as Sugarbaker) celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Espy Lumber Company has serviced the Lowcountry for over 60 years. Next time you are planning your construction project, contact Baker at (843) 384-5927 or at Espy Lumber Company and Larry Baker are two names you can trust.

Hilton Head Island, SC
(843) 785-3821

Okatie, SC
(843) 379-5000

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