DENVER, May 24, 2021Baird, an international employee-owned financial services firm, has added Melanie Schmieding as a Director of Baird Family Wealth in its Private Wealth Management Group.

Schmieding joins Baird from Abbott Downing, a division of Wells Fargo that provides customized wealth management solutions to ultra-high-net-worth clients, including multigenerational families, family offices, foundations and endowments. There she managed the firm’s largest and most complex individual relationships, leading a team of specialists that served both internal and external clients.

As a Director of Baird Family Wealth, Schmieding will help lead and evolve Baird’s new family wealth offering in partnership with Jaleigh White, CPA, Director, who has been instrumental in its development. Baird Family Wealth supports Baird financial advisor teams that focus their practices on more complex clients, such as private business owners and families with legacy wealth, expanding Baird’s existing expertise and client offerings in this area.

Schmieding will be based in Baird’s Denver office. White was formerly with Hilliard Lyons, which was acquired by Baird in 2019. She is based in Sarasota, Fla.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Melanie’s talent, experience, expertise and outstanding reputation join Baird’s Private Wealth Management business,” said John Taft, Baird Vice Chairman. “Melanie and Jaleigh will be a dynamic team. They are ideally suited to co-lead Baird Family Wealth and take it to the next level.”

About Baird

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. Established in 1919, Baird has approximately 4,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $355 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2020. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 32 on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in 2021 – its 18h 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 website at

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