MILWAUKEE, April 17, 2019 – Employee-owned Baird announced today that Mary Ellen Stanek is a nominee for the 2019 U. S. Morningstar Outstanding Portfolio Manager Award. Morningstar analysts nominated five candidates for the award across asset classes.  Stanek is being recognized as the Chief Investment Officer of the team that manages the Baird Aggregate Bond Fund.

The Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence recognize portfolio managers, asset-management firms, and up-and-coming managers that demonstrate excellent investment skill, the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors, and an alignment of strategies' interests with investors. Winners are chosen based on research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by Morningstar’s manager research group. The winners will be announced on CNBC, Thursday, May 9 at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago. Morningstar’s methodology is available here.

"Being a nominee for the Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence is recognition of the consistent investment approach and dedication to investors that Mary Ellen and her team have had for nearly 20 years at Baird," said Steve Booth, Baird’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "They have been marathon runners committed to the same rigorous investment approach that has delivered consistent results over time."

Baird Advisors is known for managing high-quality investment grade bond portfolios using a duration neutral approach. The Baird Aggregate Bond, Core Plus and Short-term Bond Funds were recently upgraded to a Morningstar Analyst RatingTM of Gold. In its write up about the upgrade for Baird Short-Term Bond, Morningstar said, "The small but tight-knit team…is thoughtful about how investors use its portfolios, which informs a circumspect process that doesn’t take risk in esoteric sectors or duration bets. Disciplined security selection and sector rotation combined with low fees have helped the strategy beat its benchmark with modest volatility, supporting a Morningstar Analyst Rating upgrade to Gold from Silver."

"Our entire team is humbled to be recognized among this distinguished group of investment professionals," said Mary Ellen Stanek, Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager. "We also view this as recognition for the many clients who entrusted our team to manage their assets and have been with us year after year."

About Baird Funds
Baird Funds is a no-load mutual fund family with more than $53 billion in assets as of March 31, 2019. The Baird Funds offer proven track records and a variety of portfolios spanning fixed income and equity asset classes. The eight bond funds and six stock funds feature competitive fees and are managed with a careful focus on risk control. For more information, visit

About Baird
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $208 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2018. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 16 on FORTUNE’s 2019 100 Best Companies to Work For 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 website at

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