Imagine Where We Can Go Together

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A Tour Through Time

Explore important moments in Baird's history through this interactive timeline.

Explore Our History

Partners In Innovation

Baird and Texas Medical Center team up to increase the availability of funding for healthcare companies.

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Baird Gives Back

Many of our associates team up during Baird Gives Back Week, an annual series of volunteering events in communities across the globe.

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Starting in Good Company

See Baird through the eyes of our interns as they get real-world experience to help prepare them for success.

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A Letter From Our Leaders

Steve Booth

President & Chief Executive Officer

Paul Purcell

Chairman

Imagine Where We Can Go Together

As Baird celebrates a century of successful financial partnerships, we know it's not the number of years that matters. It's the tradition of excellence that started in 1919 with Robert W. Baird and his guiding principle: Clients come first. It's the understanding that everything we've accomplished since then has been because of those clients. It's the belief that the best is yet to come, and it's the certainty that the value of our experiences and achievements will always be measured in terms of what we do for clients like you.

Steve Booth

President & Chief Executive Officer

Paul Purcell

Chairman

1919

Our founder, Robert Wilson Baird, guided the firm through its first 40 years.

1948

Frieda Mueller embodied Baird's values of performance with integrity and community service.

1939

Clarence Bickel, Robert Baird and Robert Haack each served as chair of the NASD.

1948

In 1948, twelve partners signed our firm's application to the New York Stock Exchange.

2003

Baird Capital enters the Asia market.

1999

Baird acquires London-based Granville, bringing us into the European market.

1974

Baird moves into the U.S. Bank Tower, formerly First Wisconsin Center – more than forty years later it remains the home for our headquarters.

A Storied History

Celebrate The History

In 1919, Robert W. Baird founded a financial services firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, around a simple idea: Clients come first.

This guiding principle drove a century of success, during which we've grown our capabilities while expanding into new businesses and strategic markets around the world, all to meet the evolving needs of clients like you.

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A Tour Through Time

Explore important moments in Baird's history though this interactive timeline.

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A Tradition of Excellence

Baird's clients-first approach to the businesses we do has earned both industry and national recognition over the years.

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Imagine a Partner for What's Next

Learn more about Baird's businesses and the successes they achieve for our clients in our 2017 annual report.

Private Wealth Management

Offering more than investment advice, our Financial Advisors can help you make wise financial decisions in all areas of your life.

Asset Management

Focused teams of tenured managers offer high-quality fixed income portfolios and mutual funds for institutional and high-net-worth investors.

Private Equity

We make venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors and help local companies grow in global markets.

Fixed Income Capital Markets

A top-ranked municipal debt underwriter, we also advise a broad range of institutional, public, private and nonprofit clients across the United States.

Equity Capital Markets

Our services include M&A, debt advisory and equity financing plus equity research, sales and corporate access for institutional clients around the world.

A Focus on Clients

The Power of You + Baird

Being privately held has enabled Baird to keep clients' needs front and center as we've reinvested in and grown our capabilities over the years.

Today Baird offers wealth management, asset management, fixed income sales and trading as well as public finance advice and services from offices across the United States. We also provide investment banking, private equity and equity sales, trading and research expertise to clients around the world.

And because Baird is employee-owned, you can trust that — no matter what we're doing for you — we understand our success depends on yours.

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Partners In Innovation

Baird and Texas Medical Center team up to increase the availability of funding for healthcare companies.

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The Value of Culture

Lucky Strike Entertainment's CEO talks about why he chose Baird to help him grow his business.

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The Right Partner

The CEO of Batteries+Bulbs explains why Baird was the right investment bank to sell his business.

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Partnering Across the Pacific

An inside look at how Baird navigated complexity for a client in the sale of HE Parts to Hitachi.

Baird associates participate in the 2018 Impetus–PEF Private Equity Triathlon, raising funds to support charities that help disadvantaged kids succeed in the U.K.

Baird associates volunteer at the Special Olympics USA Games 2018 in Seattle.

A Baird associate volunteers with Walnut Way Conservation Corp in Milwaukee.

Baird associates help keep Chautauqua Park beautiful in Boulder.

Baird associates participate in AIDS Walk Wisconsin, raising nearly $9,000.

A Baird associate volunteers at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Baird associates help sort donated school supplies with 88.9 Radio Milwaukee.

A Caring Partner

Together We Are a Force

Baird has a long tradition of giving back to the communities where our associates live and work. Baird Foundation provides support to many charitable organizations, and many associates volunteer for a variety of causes, often in a leadership capacity. Baird supports associates' passion for giving in various ways, including:

  • Baird Cares: provides an extra paid day off each year to volunteer
  • Baird Foundation Matching Gift Program: matches a portion of Baird associates' nonprofit contributions
  • Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award: presented annually to an associate who makes outstanding contributions to civic, charitable and academic organizations
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Imagine Partnering for a Brighter Future

Discover Baird's commitment to the communities we serve through the 2017 Baird Foundation Annual Report.

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Baird Gives Back

Many of our associates team up during Baird Gives Back Week, an annual series of volunteering events in communities around the globe.

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Making a Great Place Better

Baird's Associate Resource Groups give back to the community, support deserving causes and make Baird a better, smarter place to work for everyone.

Recipients of Baird scholarships from Alverno College attend a luncheon at Baird.

Baird interns present on experience-based, business-relevant topics at an event held annually.

A Global Investment Banking intern attends orientation.

Baird's Pulse Associate Resource Group participates in a Q&A during Young Professionals Week in Milwaukee.

Baird associates attend our annual Associate Appreciation Day breakfast in 2018.

Baird's 2018 interns pose for their class photo on Milwaukee's lakefront.

Baird hosts Connexiones, a networking event for Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, in 2018.

A Bright Future

Imagine the Future

Whether we're talking about the way we run our firm or the many ways in which we serve our clients, all of us at Baird believe we are investing in a better future for the people who rely on us. It's why we've grown our capabilities to serve clients' evolving needs. It's why we've expanded into new businesses and geographic markets as the world becomes increasingly interconnected. And it's how you can trust that, whatever your future holds, Baird will remain focused on your success.

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Identifying Tomorrow's Clients Today

Our Associate Resource Groups not only help drive inclusion and diversity across Baird – they're changing the way our businesses think about the future.

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Starting in Good Company

See Baird through the eyes of our interns as they get real-world experience to help prepare them for success.

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The Stories We Tell

See how our Global Investment Banking business helps good companies become globally recognized brands.

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