Alumnus of the Month

Guy Baker

Guy Baker


March 2014

Guy is an experienced business and estate planner with over forty years of consulting experience. He designs efficient estate tax plans for wealthy families. Also a business succession and investment specialist, Guy helped found the National Association of Family Wealth Counselors and was a founding Board Member in The Stewardship Alliance – a group of professionals dedicated to providing legacy and wealth planning to high net worth donors to Christian ministries. He completed The Professional Mentoring Program in 1999 and has lectured at various estate planning council meetings, spoken at several CLU Institutes and was featured on six CLU Tele-video Conferences. Guy was named by Worth Magazine as one of the Nation’s top 250 planners.

A frequent writer and speaker, Guy has spoken to advisors in more than five countries.

In 2006, Guy was elected to the Executive Committee of The Million Dollar Round Table – the Premier Financial Services Organization with over 35,000 members. and in 2010 served as President. Guy served as MDRT Foundation President in 2000. Guy is a Board Member of the Advanced Association of Life Underwriters (AALU), a Washington D.C. based organization dedicated to working with Congress to formulate industry favorable legislation. Guy is a member of the National Association of Family Wealth Counselors, and he was awarded Pacific Life Preston Hotchkis “Distinguished Achievement Award.” He was also selected by Worth Magazine as one of their 250 nationally ranked advisors.

Guy is Managing Director at BTA Advisory Group, a multi-disciplinary organization serving the needs of wealthy families and owners of closely held businesses. Each of BTA’s organizations is managed by an experienced professional and partner. Guy is also a part of Stewardship Advisors, an estate and legacy planning consulting firm, BMI Consulting, a national management consulting firm specializing in the succession and compensation issues and problems facing closely-held businesses, Founder of Baker, Thomsen Associates, a compensation and benefits consulting firm sold in 2009, and a partner in Baker Jensen Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisor.

Guy serves as Chairman of the Board of American Family Living. He is an Elder at Grace Church after serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board. He is also a Founding Trustee for Grace Classical Academy, a k-8 private school for families seeking a classical education. In addition, he serves on Advisory Board of the Torrey Institute at Biola University.

Guy has served as a Board member of Mission Hospital Foundation, as a major gifts fund-raiser for the Orange County Performing Arts and on the fund raising committee for South Coast Repertory; as an Advisory Board member for the South Coast YMCA, a Board member of Orange County Teen Challenge. Guy is a past President of the Claremont McKenna Alumni Association and a member of CMC’s Board of Trustees.

Guy served as a panelist at The American College’s Alumni Tour Event, “LA LIVE” in September of 2013.  This panel consisted of highly successful financial professionals who shared their sales and marketing tips.

For his dedication to education and the financial services industry, The American College is proud to honor Guy Baker, MSFS, MSM, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU®, as the March Alumnus of the Month.