Terrapin Adventures

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Family Business Honoree

Location: Savage, MD
Founded: 2006
Industry: Professional services
Generations: 2

Category: Emerging

 

Terrapin Adventures

Matt Baker
Chief Adventure Officer

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
Terrapin Adventures’ core values include using fun and challenge to learn about yourself and improve relationships, and doing the right thing on time, accurately, for the right reason. “Being active and engaged is so much better than passive and indifferent,” says Matt Baker, chief adventure officer.

ONBOARDING FAMILY
“It is important for family members to get solid outside experience with other firms before coming into the business,” says Baker. “To come in, they must exhibit a passion for what we do and not just want a cushy job.” Terrapin Adventures has not transitioned to the next generation, but Baker is currently mentoring managers to help lead and grow the business.

Fun Fact: “We got the idea for our business on a family vacation in Costa Rica, where we went on a zip line.”

CULTURAL VALUES
The company’s goal is to share the beauty of central Maryland and help event participants improve their relationships with others. Baker is actively mentoring managers at Terrapin Adventures to help lead and grow the business in line with his vision.

LASTING LEGACY
“We want to be an integral part of the community, with a solid reputation for making a difference,” says Baker. “We love what we do — influencing guests to get outside their comfort zones.”

Pictured: Matt Baker and his wife, Jerry Baker