Robert W. Baird & Co. (better known as Baird)
offers wealth management, capital markets, asset management,
and private equity capital to clients worldwide. The firm has
more than $152 billion in client assets, and annual net revenues of
more than $1.2 billion. In 2015, Baird ranked No. 5
on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the
bank's 12th consecutive year on the list.
Baird's history dates to 1919, when Robert Wilson Baird, one of
the founders of the National Association of Securities Dealers, was
named lead partner of the First Wisconsin Company, the securities
division of the First Wisconsin National Bank. Baird rose to
become president of the division, which was later spun off and
renamed the Securities Company of Milwaukee Incorporated. By
1948, the firm had obtained a seat on the NYSE and assumed its
current name, Robert W. Baird & Co. Baird, the firm,
gathered its strength in Wisconsin in the 1980s, becoming the
state's top investment bank before embarking on a strategic
expansion in the 1990s. This led to the opening of dozens of new
offices in the U.S. and Europe.
Today, the firm has more than 100 offices in the U.S., Europe,
and Asia, and is 94 percent owned by its employees. Baird is
led by Paul Purcell, the firm's CEO and chairman, and Steve Booth,
Baird's president and chief operating officer. The firm
employs more than 3,100 people.