Baird Names Hodge and Yesbeck Branch Managers in Madison

MADISON, Wis. – Jan. 13, 2016 Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced today that James A. Hodge and Christopher M. Yesbeck have been named Branch Managers of the firm’s two Madison wealth management offices. Hodge will serve as Director, Branch Manager of the downtown office located at One South Pinckney Street, and Yesbeck will serve as Senior Vice President, Branch Manager of the Madison West office located at 8000 Excelsior Drive. Both will continue to serve clients as financial advisors in their new roles.

Tom Carroll, who previously managed the downtown office, and Mike Witt, who previously managed the Madison West office, remain with Baird and will continue to serve clients as financial advisors in their respective offices.

“Jim and Chris are talented, highly experienced veterans of the financial services industry, and we’re excited to have them leading our efforts to build on Baird’s already strong presence in the Madison community,” said Steve Stroker, Regional Director for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. “Madison is an important market for Baird. Our tradition of being a strong corporate citizen will continue, as we look to add new talent and grow our overall presence in the market.”

Baird has had a presence in the Madison market for more than 70 years and is a strong community partner with deep ties to many of the city’s major institutions. Baird is the founding partner of the Wealth Management and Financial Planning track in the Finance Department of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is a course of study that prepares undergraduate business majors for careers in wealth management. In addition, the firm is a primary sponsor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Varsity Band’s annual spring concert. Baird associates in Madison volunteer their time by participating in the firm’s annual Baird Gives Back Week and supporting a variety of non-profit organizations including the United Way of Dane County, Center for Families, Rotary International and more.

Hodge, who joined Baird in 1996, was previously the Associate Branch Manager of Baird’s Milwaukee wealth management office. His commitment to exemplary client service was recognized in 2007 when he was awarded Baird’s 2007 G. Frederick Kasten, Jr. Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University with additional undergraduate studies in Madrid, Spain, and also completed Baird’s Investment Consultant Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is a five-day course of study led by Baird and other industry firms that focuses on the needs of clients going through major life transitions (please contact Baird Public Relations for more information). Hodge is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement and the American Heart Association. Hodge lives in La Prairie Township with his wife Sarah and their three children, and is also a 5th generation family-farm owner.

Yesbeck, CFP®, joined Baird in 2009. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional and completed Baird’s Investment Consultant Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to beginning a career in financial services in 2001, Yesbeck served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1995, and worked in law enforcement in the City of Milwaukee. He received a Bachelor’s of Business in Accounting, with a minor in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business. Active in the community, Yesbeck serves as a member and past president of the Madison South Rotary Club, and actively volunteers with The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin. He lives in the Madison area with his wife Nikki and their four children.

Currently, Baird has approximately 850 financial advisors managing who have $107 billion in client assets through 85 wealth management offices in 28 states.

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 3,100 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $150billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015 – its 12th 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

For additional information, contact:
Ashley Christophersen
Baird Public Relations
(414) 765-7094

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner and federally registered CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP® Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.