ABILENE, Texas – Oct. 9, 2018 – Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, today announced the addition of The Galbraith Group, to a new wealth management office in Abilene, Texas. The team includes Financial Advisors and Managing Directors, Gerald A. Galbraith and Cathie G. Coleman, CFP®. They are joined by Kay Hartgraves, Associate Financial Advisor, AAMS®, and Jackie Campbell, Senior Client Specialist.
Baird now has six private wealth management offices in the state of Texas, as well as an institutional equities and research office in Dallas and three public finance offices in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The new office is located at 400 Pine Street in Abilene, approximately 150 miles west of Fort Worth.
“We are thrilled to welcome these talented professionals to Baird,” said Mark Stevanovic, Director of the North Texas Market for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. “Baird is excited to grow our footprint in Texas and provide the best financial advice and service to the welcoming community of Abilene.”
Galbraith brings more than 50 years of experience in the industry to Baird. He is an active member of the Abilene community, currently serving as board member with the Big Country Hall of Fame and previously acting as President of Hospice of Abilene. He is currently in the Abilene Exchange Club and Speaker’s Club, and has also served in volunteer leadership positions with Abilene Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Western Heritage Classic and United Way. Galbraith is a graduate of Texas Tech University and lives in Abilene with his wife, Christie.
Coleman joins Baird with 13 years of experience in the finance industry. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and then attended the MBA program at Southern Methodist University. Outside of the office, she serves on the scholarship committee with the Community Foundation of Abilene. She also volunteers with First Serve, a volunteer organization started by her son that teaches tennis and life skills to refugee children who have been relocated to Abilene by the International Rescue Committee. Coleman currently resides in Abilene with her husband, David.
Baird’s Private Wealth Management business encompasses approximately 890 financial advisors serving clients through 97 locations in 30 states, and has client assets of $136 billion. Baird has added 38 financial advisors to its Private Wealth Management group since the beginning of 2018, the majority of whom are industry veterans, and added new wealth management offices in Tucson, Arizona; Durango, Colorado; Elgin, Illinois; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Anchorage, Alaska; and Toledo, Ohio. In addition, M. Griffith Investment Services, Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Central New York, became a wholly owned subsidiary of Baird earlier this month.
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 approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $211 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2018. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 – its 15th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated 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 website at www.rwbaird.com.