Lewis J. Baer is the managing principal of Newel LLC, a family business now in its 4th generation that deals in fine antiques and the decorative arts. Founded as a prop house for Broadway theatre by his grandfather, Mr. Baer has directed the Company since 2001. He started working at Newel as a summer job between his freshman and sophomore year at Lehigh and has successfully guided Newel from a static to an ever changing industry. The business is one of leading dealers of decorative arts across the world and is still a critical suppler of period sets and furnishings for television, movies, and display.
Upon graduation from Lehigh Mr. Baer worked at Lybrand, Ross Bros. and Montgomery, (now PWC) as a staff accountant. After a year, and the death of his grandfather, he decided to make the commitment to join in the operation of Newel. Over the course of his career, Mr. Baer implemented computer and database systems that have advanced the company into the digital world. With Mr. Baer’s over 40 years as a witness to the art and antiques industry, as well as the film and television industries he has made his observations known with a blog that regularly criticizes industry practices and commentaries on trends.
Mr. Baer has been an active Lehigh alumnus and volunteer, having twice chaired his Reunion Fund Committee, and was a founding member of the Lehigh Leadership Council. In addition, he has offered his gallery resources to faculty and students in the theatre, and the art, architecture, and design departments. Also, Mr. Baer was a trustee at the Dwight-Englewood School where he led building fundraising campaigns and a Master Plan for the School. Presently he is on the Englewood Planning Board where he recently directed the 2014 City of Englewood Master Plan, and is a Board member of Regency-Superior, Ltd.
At Lehigh Lewis played soccer and lacrosse and was member of the Beta Alpha Psi honor society. He still actively runs and plays tennis, and lives in Englewood, New Jersey with his wife, Lorraine. They have three children, Noah (’07), Jake, and Gabriella (’15).