Public Finance Texas

Austin

7500 Rialto Blvd.
Building 1, Suite 250
Austin, TX 78735
512- 423-5926

Jim StewartJim Stewart 
Managing Director

Jim joined Baird in September 2017 from Stifel where he served as a Managing Director. Prior to Stifel, Jim held roles at Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co., Raymond James and Banc of America Securities. Stewart also served as a school superintendent for 13 years with multiple Texas Independent School Districts and has extensive experience with K-12 finance, including the management of school debt and the marketing process of school bonds. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s degree from Lamar University, and is a regular guest lecturer at regional universities. Jim is a Registered Representative with the MSRB and currently holds the following FINRA licenses: Series 6, Series 7, Series 50, 53 and Series 63.

Brian M. Kelso
Managing Director

Brian has more than 15 years of experience in public finance and has worked with numerous issuers throughout Texas including cities, school districts, counties and water districts. His experience includes water/sewer revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, sales tax bonds, transportation financings, primary and secondary education, and annual appropriation credits. Brian has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Colorado State University and holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.

Steve MurraySteve Murray
Senior Vice President

Steve joined Baird in December 2017 with more than 35 years of school leadership experience. Prior to Baird, Steve led the Bastrop Independent School District (ISD) and focused on debt management through re-financing. Earlier in his career, Steve served as Superintendent for Little Elm ISD, one of the fastest-growing school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he provided strategic financial oversight as the district rapidly expanded with several new campuses and facilities, and led the district to receive its first “Academically Recognized” rating. Murray received a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master of Education in School Leadership from Texas State University, and a Superintendent’s Certification from Texas A&M University.

Houston

1331 Lamar, Suite 1360
Houston, TX 77010
713-230-6120

Jan R. BartholomewJan R. Bartholomew
Managing Director

Jan joined Baird in December 2014 after 25 years with RBC Capital Markets where she most recently was a Managing Director. Prior to RBC, she worked at Underwood, Neuhaus & Co. Throughout her career; she has completed more than 2,000 transactions and represented over 200 special districts in the Houston, Austin, and Dallas areas. Jan specializes on Texas special districts including municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, municipal management districts and improvement districts. She has provided financial advisory services to several master‐planned communities including, but not limited to, The Woodlands, Sienna Plantation, Clear Lake City Water Authority, Springwoods Village, Towne Lake, Pomona, Riverstone, Woodforest, Paloma Creek, Heartland and Savannah. In addition, she has worked with major water authorities tasked with providing surface water to the Houston area, such as the West Harris County Regional Water Authority and the San Jacinto River Authority.

A Houston resident, Jan graduated with honors with a BBA in finance from the University of Houston. Jan has previously served on the Board of the Utility District Advisory Corporation (“UDAC”).

Jan is licensed through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a General and Municipal Securities Representative (Series 7 and Series 52), is a registered Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Municipal Advisor (MSRB) (Series 50) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63). Jan also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas, on the board of Girls Inc., Houston Division, and on the board of Baird Ascend.

Stephen M. EustisStephen M. Eustis
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Stephen joined Baird in December 2014 from RBC Capital Markets where he most recently was a senior public finance banker. He also worked as a financial analyst and support banker. He has assisted in the completion of more than 500 special district transactions during his career. Stephen focuses on Texas special districts including municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, municipal management districts and improvement districts. He has provided financial advisory services to several master‐planned communities including The Woodlands, Sienna Plantation, Springwoods Village and Woodforest. Stephen holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from Trinity University and lives in Houston. He is licensed through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a General Securities Representative (Series 7) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63), Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53), and is a registered Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Municipal Advisor (MSRB) (Series 50). 

San Antonio

8000 IH 10 West, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78230
210-366-8036

Oscar CardenastOscar Cardenas 
Managing Director

Oscar is a Certified Public Accountant and joined Baird in December 2017 from Stifel, where he served as a Managing Director and worked with many large Independent School Districts (ISD). Earlier in his career, Oscar served as the Deputy Superintendent for Business and Chief Financial Officer at Northside ISD, the 4th largest school district in Texas. In this role, he developed a comprehensive debt management plan including variable rate demand obligations (VRDO), was involved in seven successful bond elections totaling over $3.1 billion and negotiated the issuance of over $4 billion in bonds, including $2 billion in VRDO transactions. Oscar earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is registered with FINRA and holds Series 50, Series 52, Series 53 and Series 63 licenses.