Will focus on Texas Independent School Districts

Feb. 1, 2022 Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, announced today that Annette Folmar has joined the firm’s Public Finance group as Senior Vice President. She will be based out of the Dallas Metropolitan area focused on serving Texas Independent School Districts.  

Folmar has more than 28 years of experience managing school business and operations, and joins Baird from Prosper Independent School District (PISD), where she most recently served as Chief Financial Officer. She has held numerous leadership roles within Hays and Austin Independent School Districts. As a certified public accountant, Folmar has also been involved with many professional organizations, including the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) sitting on the Accounting and Auditing Advisory Committee and serving as President of Capital Area for two terms. Additionally, Folmar served as an Adjunct Professor of Governmental Accounting at St. Edwards University. She has earned the Platinum Leadership Circle Award for Financial Transparency and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. Folmar earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Annette to the Public Finance team,” said Brian Brewer, Director of Baird’s Public Finance group. “Her depth of experience working with Texas public schools will be a tremendous asset to Baird as we continue to grow our public finance platform in Texas and expand our service offerings nationally.”

Baird has been committed to growing its presence in Texas since opening the first office in 1985. Baird has experienced remarkable growth in Texas, increasing headcount by 360% since 2009. Today, Baird has 12 offices and approximately 140 professionals based in Texas, including more than 20 Public Finance professionals located in offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio that offer specialized expertise in state and local governments, school districts, and special district financing.

Baird offers a superior municipal new issuance platform, extensive Texas banking experience, a depth of resources including sophisticated quantitative analytics and marketing, and a proven underwriting desk and salesforce that actively purchase and distribute Texas bonds to support the financing objectives of our clients.

For more information on Baird Public Finance, please visit www.rwbaird.com/publicfinance.

Baird Public Finance

Baird has made a conscious effort to hire veteran bankers that bring both a wealth of knowledge and experience to Baird. Over the past ten years, Baird has expanded its public finance headcount 43%. Baird’s robust team of professionals combined with its nationally recognized underwriting desk allows the firm to serve and support the evolving needs of its clients. According to Ipreo MuniAnalytics, Baird ranked as the No. 1 municipal underwriter by number of issues for the 13th consecutive year in 2021.

About Baird

Putting clients first since 1919, 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 4,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $385 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2021. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 32 on the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list – its 18th 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 and Baird Trust Company 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 www.rwbaird.com.

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