Baird Honors Schott with Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award

MILWAUKEE, June 8, 2011
Baird, an international wealth management, investment banking, asset management and private equity firm with six offices in Florida, has named Greg Schott the 2011 recipient of the Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award, its highest community service award. The award recognizes one associate each year for his or her outstanding dedication to community service and support.

Schott, a Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Consultant in Baird’s Naples office, joined Baird in 1997. He is the 14th recipient of the award, first presented in 1998 to the late Brenton Rupple, Sr., former Baird President and Chairman of the Board. Rupple devoted countless hours throughout his life to more than 40 civic and charitable organizations and college boards. In addition to a crystal award presented at Baird’s Annual Meeting for All Associates in Milwaukee on May 18, Schott will receive a Baird Foundation donation to the charity of his choice.

“The Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award was created specifically to honor those who best represent Baird’s culture and commitment to the communities in which we live and work,” said Paul E. Purcell, Baird Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Greg sets a tremendous example by generously sharing his leadership and considerable talents to benefit a number of charities focused on providing support and services to persons who are blind, disabled, autistic or deaf”.

Over the past 18 years, Schott has served on the board of the Schott Memorial Foundation founded by philanthropist Joseph J. Schott. He also serves on the board of the Schott Communities for Persons Who Are Deaf or Disabled, a private, not-for-profit United Way participating agency in the Archdiocese of Miami that provides permanent residences’ for persons with special needs. The Schott Communities include the Schott Center, which provides social and educational programs each year to more than 450 persons who are developmentally or physically challenged, autistic or deaf.

Schott has served on the board of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf for more than 15 years. He also volunteers his time to help persons with autism, lending his active planning and fundraising expertise to a 2008 golf event that benefited the Autism Speaks Foundation. In 2011, he joined the newly founded Collier County President’s Council for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Additionally, he has literally traveled the world to achieve his mission to help those less fortunate than him.

A native Cincinnatian, Schott lives in Naples with his wife Jane and their son Corbin.

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 $84 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