Meet the Team

Jim Baker

CEO

With a passion to help clients optimize their working spaces, Jim is driven to assist customers achieve their desired environments. 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.

Kristen Cossich

Operations Manager

With a love for interior design and space planning, Kristen joined the Innovare team this summer. After graduating from the International Academy of Design and Technology with her Bachelor’s in Interior Design, Kristen went on to volunteer for the Peace Corps in 2011. She spent eight years in Shanghai, China, Vancouver, British Columbia doing Diplomatic Relations. Kristen now lives in Grand Rapids with her two boys and dog. In her free time, Kristen enjoys doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and traveling around the world.

McKayla Guy

Design Coordinator

Born with a creative perspective, McKayla specializing in design. She received her Bachelor’s in Interior Design at Michigan State University and an Associate of Arts at Mott Community College. McKayla has a broad variety of design experience as well as a passion for painting, fashion, graphics, and of course, interior design. In her free time, McKayla enjoys rollerblading and kayaking on a Michigan summer day.

Kristina Lach

Interior Designer

Kristy brings 18+ years in K-12 Education, Corporate Office, and Retail design to Innovare. With licenses/certifications in NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer (2006), Michigan Registered Architect (2010), she is a huge asset to this team. Kristy received a BSBA in Marketing in 1997, her Master of Architecture in 2006, along with a Bachelor of Interior design in 2002. Kristy lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband Adam, daughter Kelsei, and their dog Riley. Kristy loves spending time with her family and friends and has recently taken up figure skating, which has been a lifelong dream!  Kristy also enjoys music and is a part of both the Chancel and handbell choirs at her church in Howell.

Ally Lasch

Digital Marketing Strategist

With a passion for social media and content development, Ally is the creator behind Innovare marketing. Through various opportunities in college and professional experience, Ally has obtained a wide skill set when it comes to graphic design, social media, content development, and email marketing. Ally will be graduating from The University of Alabama in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Management. In her free time, she loves watching sports, creating blog posts for her website, and spending time with family and friends.

Sydney Jones

Interior Designer

Specializing in interior design, Sydney’s passion has always been designing. Working towards a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at Michigan State University, Sydney has worked as an event coordinator for IDSO while balancing her education. In her free time, she enjoys working out and trying new recipes!

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  • “We have received endless compliments from clients and prospects on our office style and furniture. Jim has always been great to work with.”

    -Laura at Michigan Planners

  • “We were originally referred to Innovare by a long-term client who said they were the best. After working with them for more than three years, I would most definitely agree with what we were told. Jim Baker and his team were instrumental in the design of our new home office and have been very effective at recommending a furniture plan that fit our culture as well as our function. Recently, we opened a satellite office with a more restrictive budget. Innovare suggested and delivered refurbished goods, which look brand new and are ideal for the setting without us having to feel like we compromised a single thing. I would absolutely recommend Innovare to anyone interested in dealing with a talented and professional office furniture and design organization.”

    -John at Michigan Planners

  • “The George F. Eyde Family has used Innovare over the years for several important projects. We are a family business and it is essential that we collaborate. Jim and the entire Innovare team are professional and down to earth. They take time to listen to our needs, rather than tell us what we need to do. They collaborate with us to bring our vision to reality. It’s a great partnership.”

    -Evemarie Eyde at Member Eyde Corporation

  • “Working with Innovare on projects is nothing short of perfect. They are responsive, patient and are willing to work on solutions to any of your problems. Ada and Jim have been fantastic, and I would highly recommend them as a partner.”

    -Terese at BIGGBY

  • “While planning the launch of a North America office for our U.K.-based parent company, we found ourselves in the market for office furnishings and design support. I was fortunate to locate and contact Innovare. Their response was immediate and professional. Jim Baker and his team were eager to assist and went the extra mile to review concepts and show us office designs and furnishing alternatives. The office project planning, coordination, ordering, and furniture installation were smooth and professional. Furthermore, it was a real pleasure working with the Innovare team. I would recommend Innovare to anyone in need of office furnishings and interior design assistance. We now have a beautiful workspace that meets our needs.”

    -Phillip DeBerry at AB Dynamics, Inc.

  • “Working with Jim Baker and his team at Innovare was a professional, customer-based experience. Innovare combined our ideas and vision with their expertise and experience to design an efficient office workspace that works in concert with our laboratory spaces. Throughout the entire design and construction process, Innovare’s attention to detail was second to none, and we would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to build out new or renovate a commercial or retail space. Thanks Innovare.”

    -Todd Welch at Viridis Laboratories

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