777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Bradley D. Viegut
Managing Director & Branch Manager
Brad leads the Milwaukee Public Finance office and provides investment banking services to municipalities, counties and special districts throughout Wisconsin. With more than 20 years of experience, Brad assists clients in the development of comprehensive financing plans and specializes in economic development financing and essential service utility financing. Brad earned his MBA from Marquette University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Marquette University. Brad is a member of the WGFOA, WCA and many other professional organizations and serves as Treasurer of the Wisconsin Policy Forum.
Brian C. Brewer
Director of Public Finance
Brian Brewer was named Public Finance Director on January 1, 2018 after serving as Manager of Baird’s Milwaukee Public Finance office. In addition to overseeing Baird Public Finance, Brian continues to maintain his banking relationships by creating financial solutions for the clients he serves.
Brian’s experience includes providing municipal underwriting, advisory and placement agent services to school districts, counties, municipalities and technical colleges in Wisconsin. This includes providing financial services to over half of the 422 school districts as well as assisting in the success of 86 referendum questions for capital projects totaling $2.3 billion in funding within the past ten years. Joining the firm in 1997 as a financial analyst, Brian utilizes his quantitative experience to develop customized, cost-efficient financing plans that meet the specific needs of his clients in the primary areas of long-term debt management, capital planning, and issuance of both public and private securities offerings.
Brian graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Marquette University.
John A. Mehan
John has worked on a wide variety of taxable and tax-exempt municipal financings. He served as the lead investment banker on the Lambeau Field, Brown County, Wisconsin Arena and Green Bay Convention Center financings, as well as the financings for the Milwaukee Public Schools – Neighborhood Schools Initiative. John has been involved with economic development matters for many municipal issuers, including the Redevelopment Authority of the city of Milwaukee, the Community Development Authority of the city of Madison and the Redevelopment Authority of the city of Green Bay. He also has extensive experience in financings for private colleges, technical colleges and universities, including financing the Al McGuire Center for Marquette University. Prior to joining Baird in 1987, John served as assistant city manager and director of finance for the city of Webster Groves, Missouri.
Lisa M. Voisin
Lisa has served Wisconsin school districts for more than 25 years, assisting with nearly 2,000 school and municipal financing transactions. Her experience includes referendum planning, having been the lead financial consultant for over 170 Wisconsin school debt referenda. She has also developed customized building project financing plans, budget forecasting models, tax-credit bond analyses and refinancing applications. Actively involved in the financial impact analysis of consolidations, she has developed and implemented a school consolidation model used by more than 40 districts statewide in the past 10 years. In addition, Lisa has taught over 30 courses in school budget forecasting, and was an instructor on municipal finance at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Lisa also served on the Muskego-Norway School District Board of Education. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned an MBA degree and graduated with a BS degree in Finance.
Michel D. Clark
Since joining Baird in 2000, Mike has assisted many school districts with successful debt referendums totaling more than $250 million. With his experience as an assistant superintendent, Mike is uniquely qualified to support the financial service functions related to the business services office. He served as a commissioner of the Wisconsin School District Liquid Asset Fund, was an active member of the American Association of School Business Officials, chaired the Nominating Committee of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials and was a member of the School Administrators Alliance's School Finance Project Team.
With more than 30 years of experience in the municipal bond industry, Kevin has built an extensive resume in municipal financing across the State of Wisconsin. He has provided tax-exempt financings for all types of municipal entities and has assisted more than 100 communities in meeting their capital needs. Kevin has provided issuers with greater flexibility and interest cost savings by developing structuring and defeasance techniques. He also helped create a cash flow management program that allowed dozens of school districts in the State to efficiently address their cash flow needs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance from Marquette University.
Justin A. Fischer
Justin Fischer provides investment banking and advisory services to Wisconsin municipalities, counties, school districts, special districts and the State of Wisconsin. Justin utilizes different quantitative strategies based on municipal bond market conditions to develop customized financial solutions for his clients. He is focused on providing cost-efficient financing outcomes that are tailored to each entity through capital improvement planning, debt monitoring and analysis, and refinancing opportunities. His experience includes general obligation, various revenue obligations, annual appropriation and tax increment district creation and financing. Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Marquette University.
Brian C. Ruechel
Brian joined Baird in April of 2010 after a 31 year career in municipal government finance. He began his government finance career with the City of Green Bay in February of 1979 as a Senior Accountant. In July of 1986 he became the Assistant Finance Director for the City of Green Bay and held that position for 13 years until accepting the Finance Director/Treasurer position with the City of Manitowoc in 1999 and holding that position until the completion of his government career in April 2010. Brian holds an honorary membership with the Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association, and a lifetime membership with the Municipal Treasurer’s Association of Wisconsin.
Brian works with all levels of local units of government in developing customized, cost-efficient financing plans that meet the specific needs of each entity in the primary areas of long-term debt management, budgeting, long-term capital improvement planning, and tax incremental financing. Brian has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In addition, he is a graduate of the Advance Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.