MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25, 2018Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, wealth management, private equity and asset management firm, today announced that Brian Brewer has been promoted to Director of Baird Public Finance. Brewer, who previously served as Managing Director and Branch Manager of the Milwaukee office, succeeds Keith Kolb, who announced his retirement plans last year after nearly 33 years with Baird.

As Director of Public Finance, Brewer will lead initiatives to enhance and grow Baird’s Public Finance platform, while continuing to provide municipal underwriting and advisory services to his existing clients and remaining active in developing customized and innovative financing solutions for public finance entities.

With more than 20 years of banking experience, Brewer has been a significant contributor to Baird’s Public Finance business. He has provided underwriting, advisory and placement agent services to school districts, counties, municipalities and technical colleges. He has also worked closely with Kolb, and Stephanie Warren, Baird’s Chief Operating Officer of Fixed Income Capital Markets, to establish a strong platform of firm resources in order to efficiently and effectively grow Baird’s Public Finance department nationally. Under Brewer’s leadership, Baird aligned its existing Public Finance regional office structure to retain the entrepreneurial leadership required of each unique location while enhancing deal execution, knowledge sharing, risk management and talent development.

“Brian Brewer is highly regarded for his client focus, deep expertise and vision for the future. We are thrilled to have him lead our Public Finance business,” said Pat Lawton, Director of Fixed Income Capital Markets.“We are also tremendously grateful for Keith Kolb’s dedicated years of service and leadership at Baird. He has been a loyal partner and built a tremendous platform for Brian to continue to grow. We wish him nothing but the best in retirement.”

“Baird Public Finance is a team of very talented professionals that are committed to providing customized and innovative solutions for every client,” said Brewer. “I’m honored to work with this team and excited to take our business to the next level.”

Kolb was named Director of Baird Public Finance in 1990. Since then, Baird Public Finance has grown exponentially, increasing from five associates to 75 bankers, analysts and professionals across the U.S. and growing in revenue 22x from 1990 to 2017.

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About Baird’s Public Finance Group
Baird is a full-service broker-dealer firm that provides municipal underwriting and financial advisory services to K-12/ISD Education, Charter Schools, Municipalities, Counties, Special Districts and Authorities, States, Developers, Higher Education and Healthcare entities. In 2017, Baird served as the underwriter, placement agent or advisor on more than 1,350 municipal issues totaling nearly $39.6 billion.  According to Ipreo MuniAnalytics and for the 9th consecutive year, Baird ranked as the No. 1 municipal underwriter by number of issues in 2017. In addition, Baird ranked No. 2 for issues $50 million or less based on par amount and ranked in the Top 10 among financial advisory firms based on number of issues nationally.  Since 2009, Baird has provided services to municipal issuers in all 50 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 3,400 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $171billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 – its 14th 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 Web site at

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