Dr. J. Robert Baum is Past Chairman of the Board of Highmark, Inc. and Highmark Health and the former owner/CEO of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc, Hanover, PA and ICD Woodworks, Manassas, Va., manufacturers of architectural woodwork. Over 18 years, the companies completed award winning projects at the White House, Universities of Maryland and Virginia, National Cathedral, and Pennsylvania Capital. Baum founded two companies (uniform manufacturing and chandelier manufacturing) and created two rollups (wood products and uniform rental). He completed the sale of his last of company in 1999 and is a private equity investor in 5 businesses.
Dr. Baum is a Lehigh University Industrial Engineer. He graduated first in his Northwestern University MBA class with majors in Finance and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Management and Organization from the University of Maryland in 1994. Dr. Baum taught new venture creation and financing and won six university teaching awards.
Dr. Baum is Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland. He was the Director of Entrepreneurship Research and Academic Programs in Entrepreneurship since 1999.
He is the widower of Jo Ann Baum, the father of 4 children, and he has 8 grandchildren.