Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA

Managing Director
Director of Asset Management

B.A. - Marquette University (1978)

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

M.B.A. - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (1984)

Professional Designation:
Chartered Financial Analyst (1983)

Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, has 35 years of investment management experience. She currently serves as Managing Director and Director of Asset Management for Robert W. Baird & Co. and Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors. Additionally she serves as President of the Baird Funds. Previously she had served as President and CEO of Firstar Investment Research & Management Company.

Mary Ellen is responsible for the development and portfolio management of all proprietary asset management services. She co-manages several fixed income mutual funds as well as a number of taxable and tax-exempt portfolios.

Mary Ellen is a member of The CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee (Chair), Milwaukee 7 (Co-Chair), Tempo (past President) and Professional Dimensions.

Mary Ellen serves on the boards of Robert W. Baird & Co., Journal Communications (NYSE:JRN), Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC). She also serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs (past Board Chair), Children's Hospital Foundation, Marquette University (past Board Chair), Medical College of Wisconsin, Junior Achievement and United Way. She has co-chaired annual campaigns for the United Performing Arts Fund and the United Way.

Mary Ellen has received the Marquette University Alumna of the Year (2010), the Marquette University College of Arts and Sciences Person for Others Award, Marquette University High School’s Spirit of St. Ignatius Award, The St. Francis Children's Service Award, The Tempo Mentor Award, The Business Journal Women of Influence Award, The Point of Light Award, Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Award, Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Distinguished Executive Award and Baird’s Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award. She and her husband were named “Parents of the Year” by COA Youth and Family Centers (2011). In 2012, she received the MVP Award from Boys & Girls Clubs.