Employee Spotlight: Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker

Vice President of Business Development

As our Vice President of Business Development, Ryan Baker has been enhancing our brand and guiding our clients to solutions for over 12 years. He’s a positive, great leader and an asset to all of Capitol Lien.

What do you do at Capitol Lien?

As VP of Business Development, I oversee our sales and marketing initiatives nationwide, enhance brand visibility, drive strategic business projects, facilitate all business channels, align customer-centric solutions, and foster long-term relationships.


What is the best part about your Capitol Lien career?

The best part about my career comes down to ‘people’. I continue to form lifelong relationships with highly educated professionals who are honing their craft to be the best in their industry each and every day. I truly treasure these relationships!!


How did you get into this industry?

Most find themselves in this niche industry with no prior exposure to it. My story is no different. This industry found me! I was looking to get out of the car rental industry and had started looking for B2B roles where I could leverage my sales and marketing background. Around that time I received a phone call, had a couple of interviews, and ultimately saw where Capitol Lien could be a mutually beneficial fit for years to come.


What do you do in your free time?

There is very little of it these days, but my very favorite thing to do in my free time is to play games with my family outside. It’s all about the simple things in life. For me, there is nothing better than running around with my children!


What was your first-ever job?

From mowing yards, to being the Mel-O Honey Bear mascot at tradeshows there were plenty of unofficial jobs at the beginning that taught me how to work hard and interact with customers, but I would say the first official job was as a cashier at a grocery store in St. Cloud, MN.


Where would your dream vacation be?

Over the past few years, I’ve been seeing more and more images of the Maldives. As a visual learner with a fondness for island living I think they’ve officially sold me on this dream. For now, the dream can get dusty somewhere on my bucket list, but who knows? Maybe someday.


What is your favorite meal/food?

A juicy melts-in-your-mouth steak accompanied by a lobster tail is my favorite!! Often times a cheeseburger gets the job done just fine though.


What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I wrote and published a book called, “The Bakers Who Made Us.”


What is your favorite quote?

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt, and “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle


What have you gained since working at Capitol Lien?

I have gained a lot over these past twelve years. Throughout all of the experiences involving different technologies, processes, and initiatives I’ve been involved with over those years, two critical elements have evolved that I leverage on a daily basis: being a self-starter and problem solver. I love that every day is very different and has its own set of challenges that you could never see coming. These two skills along with the autonomy and support I’m given allow me to handle situations head-on.


What is your favorite service/product we offer to our clients and why?

This was by far the most difficult question for me to answer! I’m in the rare position of being able to work with every single department within Capitol Lien. In doing so I’ve gained a holistic understanding of the company and a great appreciation for a number of excellent service offerings we have to bring our clients clarity in their transactions. However, I could consider our UCC searching and filing system my favorite. This DIY system known as DATABASE DIRECT® is highly intuitive and gives our clients all of the power and functionality to achieve perfection while benefiting from a streamlined process that has oversight by our experts. I could go on and on about this system (and have in certain other blog articles), but I’ll leave it at that.