Baird Names Industry Veteran Parker Griffith Manager of Nashville Wealth Management Office

Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 18, 2012
Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced today that it has added industry veteran R. Parker Griffith to its Nashville, Tenn., wealth management office. Griffith who joins Baird from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) will manage the office while serving clients as a financial advisor. He is joined by Karen Colavecchio who will serve as Administrative Office Manager for the branch. Griffith replaces longtime Branch Manager Fred McLaughlin who will continue to serve clients and grow his business as a Baird financial advisor in Nashville.

“With more than 20 years of experience and a proven commitment to excellence, Parker is well positioned to continue a strong tradition of leadership in Nashville,” said Bill Johnson, Regional Director for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. “We thank Fred McLaughlin, who remains a valued member of the Baird team in Nashville, for his excellent leadership and dedication as branch manager over the last 11 years.”

Griffith served as a financial advisor and branch manager for both Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. He began his career as a financial advisor with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in Nashville in 1991 and remained there through mergers with many firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and earned the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation from The Wharton School of Business.

Active in his community, Griffith commits time to Covenant Presbyterian Church and Room In The Inn. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Centerstone and former Chairman of The Ambassadors Circle. A former college basketball player, he has coached 6th, 7th and 8th grade basketball at Oak Hill School and The Ensworth School for more than 20 years. Griffith lives in Nashville with his wife and their three children.

Colavecchio, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Baird, most recently served as a Complex Service Manager for MSSB. She began her career with J.C. Bradford in their dividend department and later joined E.F. Hutton as a wire operator. In 1985, she was offered a position at Robinson Humphrey, where she became the Operations Manager. She lives in Franklin, Tenn., and has two adult children.

About Baird
Baird is an international, employee-owned 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 2,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $94 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 21 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2012 – its ninth 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
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