He was born and raised in Syracuse, attended Central Square High School, and then returned after college and seven years in the Army as a retired sargeant to teach and coach in several local schools. He is a man with a rising business that had its fourth birthday on March 5, and he has every intention of staying in this city.
Tony Baird, the founder, owner and president of Tony Baird Electronics, Inc., arrived in the business world by the plans that God has for him, he said.
"I've never guessed at anything I have done," Baird said of where his faith has taken him.
His company, a product of the Syracuse Technology Garden's entrepreneurial program, has played a major role in creating new jamming devices to warn Army bases of enemy attacks.
"Think of it as an umbrella over a convoy," Baird said. "It really saves lives."
The umbrella is better known as the Crew. Tony Baird Electronics is working with the U.S. Government to test the product at places like Fort Drum and elsewhere.
His company is based around community
Baird is focused on staying in Syracuse.
"We are looking forward to opportunities in Syracuse," Baird said.
Baird not only wants his business to reside in the city, but he has hopes in turning around the disparity between minorities and giving youth a better direction for the future. Baird's company has attended a few job fairs at local high schools.
"We do this to guide them (children) in the direction they need to go," Baird said. "If I want to hire those kids in the future, they're going to have certain things in their background because we can't just hire anyone."
Teaching in the school systems in Syracuse, Baird has found that kids in ninth grade or younger have already decided what they are capable of and what they aspire for their future.