Baird Adds Schlesinger in San Francisco, Continues Bay Area Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2011
Baird today announced that veteran Financial Advisor Jason Schlesinger, Director, has joined the firm’s new San Francisco wealth management office. Baird also added Stephanie Wong, Registered Client Relationship Specialist. The addition of the two wealth management professionals demonstrates Baird’s continued growth in the Bay Area.

Schlesinger, who oversees $200 million in assets and generates $1.3 million in annual production, spent the last three years as a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo. Prior to his time at Wells Fargo, he was a Financial Advisor at Bank of America Investment Services for more than a decade. Wong also spent the past three years at Wells Fargo, and, prior to that, eight years at Bank of America Investment Services.

“We are pleased to welcome Jason and Stephanie to Baird and continue our growth in the Bay Area,” said Bill Welsh, Branch Manager of Baird’s San Francisco wealth management office. “Jason has a best-in-class reputation when it comes to providing financial advice and client service. His decision to join Baird speaks volumes about our culture and commitment to being the best financial partner for our clients.”

Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, continues to expand its footprint in northern California. Since 2007, Baird has added a number of senior level associates in the Bay Area including a new Co-Head of equity capital markets, several technology and clean technology investment bankers and equity research associates, and a number of veteran equity traders.

Baird has added 188 Financial Advisors and Branch Managers to its Private Wealth Management group since the beginning of 2009, the vast majority of whom are industry veterans. Beyond adding talent, Baird has opened or announced plans to open wealth management offices in several new markets. New office locations include Sioux City, Iowa, Fort Worth, Texas, Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Denver, Sacramento, Calif., Lynchburg, Va., Raleigh, N.C. and Portland, Ore.

About Baird Private Wealth Management
Using a consultative approach, Baird’s more than 680 Financial Advisors deliver comprehensive wealth management solutions to clients nationwide. They have the resources to oversee the complete financial picture for high-net-worth families and individuals with complex financial needs. Baird Financial Advisors managed and oversaw nearly $63 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2010.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of nearly $82 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 14 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011 – its eighth consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at