Baird Adds Three Veteran Advisors, Expands Wealth Management Presence in the Charlotte, N.C., Region

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Feb. 22, 2013

Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced today that it has added three veteran financial advisors to expand its private wealth management practice in the Charlotte, N.C., region. Joining the firm is The Lipe Group, made up of Joseph A. Lipe and John B. Lipe, a father and son team with nearly 50 years of combined industry experience. Also joining is Kevin Phillips, a 20-year financial industry veteran. The Lipe Group will be based in Charlotte, while Phillips will work from a new wealth management office in Lake Norman, N.C.

“We’re very excited that Joe, John and Kevin have all decided to continue their careers here at Baird,” said Landrum Henderson, Senior Vice President, Branch Manager of the Charlotte office. “Their professional expertise is highly regarded throughout the community and all were drawn to Baird’s reputation as a tightly-knit, employee-owned firm that is committed to its client success. They are a great fit for Baird, and we are pleased to welcome them to our team and build further on our strong presence in the Charlotte area.”

Joe Lipe Joe Lipe, Director, Financial Advisor, joins Baird from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he had been for more than 35 years, beginning when the firm was originally known as E.F. Hutton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Duke University and is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Very active in his community, Joe Lipe serves on the board of Aldersgate and chairs its investment committee. He is also an emeritus member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. Joe Lipe resides in Charlotte with his wife Carmie. They have three grown children.
John Lipe John Lipe, CFP®, Vice President, Financial Advisor, began his investment career with Smith Barney in 2007 working with his father. John is also a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He remains a dedicated member of the Duke community and resides in Charlotte.
Kevin Phillips Kevin Phillips, CFP® Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, began his investment career with A.G. Edwards in 1990. He then moved to Wachovia and Wells Fargo, as a result of company mergers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Insurance Business Administration from The John A. Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Phillips enjoys volunteering at The Cove Church. He resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife Susie and their two children.


Baird has added more than 275 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 wealth management offices in new markets including Portland, Maine, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth, Texas, and Portland, Ore. 

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 2,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird had nearly $99 billion in client assets on Dec. 31, 2012. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 14 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2013 – its tenth 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 investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at rwbaird.com.

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Nick Herff
Baird Public Relations
414- 298-7094