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Innovative. Creative. Passionate. A few words to describe our people who strive to make your vision a reality.


Jim Baker

Founder & CEO

Beginning in 1991, he gained extensive knowledge of the furniture industry before launching Baker Interiors in 2000, which was sold to Allied in 2004. Innovare was born out of Jim’s desire to offer unique and innovative furniture solutions for all budgets and project scopes. Jim’s mission with Innovare is to successfully deliver satisfaction and convenience. Jim graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He maintains memberships and affiliations with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Building Owners and Managers Association, and Office Furniture Recyclers Association. He lives in Lansing with this wife and four children, coaching football at Lansing Catholic High School and spending weekends up north, where he golfs with friends and spends time with his family.


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Bella Guerrazzi

Executive Assistant & Marketing Specialist

Bella serves as the administrative assistant on the team who works directly with our CEO. Bella also coordinates installations, tracks orders, and is lead of marketing and social media for Innovare, along with many other tasks to help better the team. Bella is currently a student at Michigan State University studying Interdisciplinary Studies in social science before heading to law school.


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Kristin Prince

Senior Interior Designer, LEED GA

As Innovare’s Senior Interior Designer, Kristin handles space planning, product specification, project coordination and design team management. Kristin graduated from the Honors College/High Honor with a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University. She worked in the commercial design/furniture industry for 4 years at a previous dealership and maintains her LEED Green Associate certification since 2019. Her specialties include sustainability, higher education, and corporate office environments, with additional prior experience in residential design, facilities management, student mentorship and technology training. In her free time, Kristin loves spending time with her husband and kids, baking, quoting movies and playing strategy games.​


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Nick Baker

Chief Operations Officer

As Innovare's COO, Nick specializes in the company's daily operations. He manages the company's financial, procurement, and project management departments. Nick graduated from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. In his free time, he likes spending time in Northern Michigan with friends and family, and coaching football for Lansing Catholic High School. 


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    Carrie Sieffert

    Sales Lead

    With a background in Interior Design and Client Relations, Carrie works with clients to problem solve and create innovative solutions for their spaces that better their quality of life, production, and efficiency. She graduated with her BA in Interior Design in 2012, and continued to the Kitchen and Bath industry where she specialized in residential design. Looking for a new challenge, she joined Innovare and dove into the commercial field as well. She enjoys working with clients to pull all the finishes and final touches together. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and two children, gardening, camping, cooking, and traveling to Old Mission Penninsula.


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    Tim Farhat

    Lead Installer

    Ensuring that concepts and ideas are fully formed into real-world tangibility is the focus for Innovare Interiors lead installer. When Tim completes a task, clients are left with job specifications that are fashionable, functional, and fulfilled to excellence. The HOPE Academy graduate has supervisory experience at Fasco Motors, as well as a consultant, for North Coast Systems and as a director of operations at Partners Book Distributing. He and his wife have six children and four grandchildren. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, grilling, and watching sports. 


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      Joey Baker

      Warehouse Manager

      As our warehouse manager, Joey spends most of his time shipping, receiving, and organizing our product in storage. Another one of his daily tasks consists of working on our remanufactured product. Lastly, Joey also will participate as a part-time installer when extra hands are needed.


      Abbey Brackett

      Interior Designer

      Abbey graduated from Central Michigan's CIDA-accredited design program with a BA in Interior Design. She brings prior experience from an independently owned design firm and architectural product consulting. She is passionate about designing for the safety, well-being and health of all end users. Abbey enjoys caring for her plants and her puppy, Aura.


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      Alec Shelton & Mitch McInnis

      Installer Team

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      Lauren Boehnke

      Interior Designer

      Lauren is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Interior Design and a minor in Professional Sales. She comes with professional experience in residential, educational and furniture application design. As an integral member of Innovare's design team, she helps with all aspects of a project from start to finish, including specification, 3D modeling & renderings. Her interests include spending time outdoors, playing piano and playing board games with family.


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      Hannah Hamel

      Design Intern

      Hannah is a student at Michigan State University, pursuing her B.A. in Interior Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is actively involved in the Interior Design Student Organization. She's on Innovare's core design team, providing space planning, presentation composition and product/finish selection expertise. In her free time, Hannah plays club field hockey at Michigan State. 


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