This Entrepreneur has Racked Up the Accolades. Here’s Why He Says It Doesn’t Matter

Awards are a distraction. Instead, real success is measured by impact. Or at least that’s the thinking of Eric Baird, who, despite racking up accolades, says entrepreneurs should “go humble” rather than boastful, in response to success.

Eric Baird is a real estate investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. His company, Baird Inc, specializes in helping clients discover financial solutions that will help them meet their financial goals, secure their financial futures, and serve the needs of mid-market and small-cap businesses. He is also the founder of, a mail forwarding and shipping company that has received the Governor’s Business Diversification Award for Export Excellence in recognition of the organization’s success in creating jobs all across the state and in boosting capital investment in local communities and businesses.

When it comes to award-winning work, this is just the tip of the iceberg for Eric Baird and his numerous enterprises. was founded in 1997 under the name, Access USA Shipping. Early on, the organization earned its place in the market by selling mailboxes across the state for soldiers and ex-patriots in different locations all over the world. But in recent years, the company has enjoyed its most significant successes in the global shipping market.

For his enterprising work with, Eric Baird has earned the Entrepreneur of the Year award. This distinction signifies ingenuity in the creation of novel, successful business models, but it is also given to award entrepreneurs whose business constructs do more than just benefit buyers and sellers- but to reward and recognize the creators of new companies that have had a greater benefit for the economy and society as a whole. 

Due to Eric Baird’s hard work and business acumen,’s revenues have increased by 152% since the company’s inception, growing from $10.3 million to an impressive $26 million in just two years. The company’s workforce grew from 30 to 50 in one year’s time and net income increased by significant proportions.

Eric Baird commented that the award is an important achievement for his organization as recognition of his work and that of his team to benefit the local economy and the people it supports. 

But Eric Baird is not resting on his laurels. More recently, he has given $350 directly to each and every teacher working in Sarasota County, and the Gail Baird Foundation has delivered comfort totes to ovarian cancer patients at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Gail Linda Baird is Eric’s mother and has always been a source of the family tradition that is hard work, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. It is a tradition in which the Foundation continuously seeks to expand upon and for which Sarasota and the broader Floridian community are grateful.

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