Baird Adds Industry Veteran Foose as Financial Advisor in Houston

HOUSTON, July 23, 2014 Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced today that it has added industry veteran Gary L. Foose Jr., as Director, Financial Advisor, in its Houston-Memorial City wealth management office. Foose brings nearly 35 years of financial industry experience to Baird. Also joining with Foose is Registered Client Relationship Specialist Giovanna Swisher.

“We are very pleased that Gary and Giovanna have decided to join Baird,” said Jarrett Kovics, Managing Director, Regional Director with Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. “Their financial acumen gained from years of industry experience, combined with a focus on delivering the best client service, makes them an excellent fit for our business and culture.”

Foose joins Baird from Wells Fargo Advisors, where he has been since 1986 when the firm was known as A.G. Edwards. He began his career as a financial advisor in 1981 with Merrill Lynch. Foose holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Tennessee and lives in Lake Jackson, Texas, with his wife Denice. Active in his community, Foose serves on the boards of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School and The Cradle of Texas Emmaus Community.

In July, McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc. (MWR), an investment firm headquartered in Seattle, became a wholly owned subsidiary of Baird Financial Group (Baird), the holding company ofRobert W. Baird & Co. Baird’s wealth management business now encompasses more than 800 financial advisors serving clients through more than 80 offices in 26 states, and has client assets of more than $100 billion.

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 2,900 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $100 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 9 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 – its 11th 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

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