Baird Public Finance Adds Team of Three, Announces Plans to Open Office in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, March 24, 2014


Baird
, an employee-owned, international capital markets, wealth management, private equity and asset management firm, today announced that its Public Finance business has added a team of three professionals in Minneapolis and will open a new office in the area. The team, which includes Paul Donna, Managing Director, Michael Hoheisel, Managing Director and Matt Rantapaa, Assistant Vice President, all formerly of Northland Securities, has more than 50 years of public finance and banking experience. They will focus on serving Minnesota municipalities, school districts and state government agencies.

“We are very excited to welcome Paul, Mike and Matt to Baird,” said Keith Kolb, Managing Director and Director of Baird’s Public Finance group. “Their deep level of expertise, commitment to client service and proven ability to work together as a successful team makes them an excellent fit for our Public Finance business, which will now expand to Minnesota and the upper Midwest.”

“Providing superlative service to our clients by executing effective and efficient financings in a responsive manner is our highest priority,” said Donna. “With extensive resources available – experienced sales and trading professionals, trusted research and a robust national network of financial advisors through its wealth management business – we’re excited to leverage the full Baird platform on behalf of our clients.”

Hoheisel added, “Paul, Matt and I look forward to continuing our careers at Baird. Being a part of such a top-notch firm – one that places the utmost importance on the client and remains focused on maintaining a partnership culture – that’s very special and increasingly rare in this industry. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The addition of this team is another example highlighting the continued growth of Baird’s Public Finance group. Over the past two years, the business has expanded its footprint and added veteran talent in markets throughout the nation, including Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

About Baird’s New Public Finance Professionals

Paul Donna, Managing Director
Donna joins Baird from Northland Securities where he was a Senior Vice President in the firm’s Public Finance department, specializing in structuring financings for municipalities of all sizes throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Prior to that, he spent two years at the former Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard and was also a financial advisor for Springsted Incorporated. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance. Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Cloud State University.

Michael Hoheisel, Managing Director
Hoheisel joins Baird from Northland Securities where he most recently was a Senior Vice President specializing in education financing. Prior to his time there, he was a client representative with Springsted Incorporated. Hoheisel is affiliated with the Minnesota School Boards Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials and the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from St. John’s University.

Matt Rantapaa, Assistant Vice President

Matt Rantapaa joins Baird from Northland Securities where he worked as a public finance banker since 2009, specializing in education financing. During his time there, he helped school districts connect financial needs with effective debt solutions. Rantapaa is affiliated with the Minnesota School Boards Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials and the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of South Dakota.

About Baird’s Public Finance Group
Baird is a major underwriter and financial advisor to municipalities, schools, government agencies, nonprofits and corporations. According to IPREO MuniAnalytics, Baird ranked first in the nation for total number of municipal bond underwritings, second in the nation for municipal bond underwritings of $50 million or less and among the top 5 for municipal bond issues of $100 million or less, based on total par value, in 2013. Baird Public Finance transactions have been recognized by The Bond Buyer among its annual “Deals of the Year” for six years since 2005.

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 www.rwbaird.com.

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Nick Herff
Baird Public Relations
414-765-7094