Is to help ensure every one of our clients receives the highest level of care and service during the creation and ongoing management of their financial plan. My focus is to align your investments with your broader — and often complex — family and legacy goals, as well as proactively leverage opportunities and manage risks in regards to estate planning and tax efficiency.
I have an interest in financial planning that began when I was a child. I was inspired by those around me and by the fact that anyone from any economic level, with the right preparation and planning, could rise above their circumstances and become financially independent. This experience formed my opinion that financial planning is best practiced with a collaborative and value-driven process. As I have focused my career on financial planning, what I have found most rewarding is ensuring that women have a seat (and a voice) at the table.
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Is to bridge the gap between financial theory and application. My day-to-day activities include the development and review of investment policies, asset allocation analysis, independent manager research and selection, performance reporting and the ongoing management of the investment process. My work provides a platform for our team and clients to discuss relevant ideas and opinions. I have been successful in my role if I have influenced portfolio construction and empowered my clients to make informed decisions.
I get the most satisfaction from building genuine, lifelong relationships. Meeting at clients’ homes, being invited to family celebrations, touring the family business and sharing vacation photos have been some of the most rewarding aspects of this job. Knowing that my knowledge and experience allows my clients to focus on relationships, travel and whatever else might be important to them is motivating to me.
Being active with my kids. Coaching their sports teams, playing chess or simply watching a movie together are a few of the things I enjoy. When the kids are busy, I find myself reading a book, practicing the ukulele or attempting to learn something new.
Is to service both institutional and private wealth relationships by providing concierge-level service. I specialize in financial planning, internal and external procedures, as well as issue resolution.
With over 40years with Baird, each new day continues to bring new challenges, learning opportunities and experiences. I love the uniqueness and diversity each of our wealth management relationships brings to the table.
Staying busy with my many hobbies and pastimes, including gardening, golfing, looming and twining. I also enjoy long walks with my dog and staying connected with my family and friends.
Is to provide excellent service to clients by assisting in everyday operations and financial planning.
I find it highly satisfying to build long-term relationships and see over time how my role in private wealth management enables individuals and families to achieve their life goals.
Anything outdoors – I enjoy hiking, camping and fishing to name a few. I also value spending quality time with my family, friends and faith community.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Is to support our teams client service, marketing and communication initiatives.
I am a problem solver who enjoys thinking outside the box in developing creative concepts and solutions. My strategic and innovative ideas allow me to develop efficient and productive processes, that will help our team better serve our clients.
Being outdoors, camping, biking, swimming & fishing in my pond or just watching my kids play and going to their events.
Jaleigh White is the managing director of Baird's Family Wealth team. The Baird Family Wealth team works with advisors and their most complex clients ensuring that all business owners, executives, and multi-generational client families have access to the resources they need to meet their individual goals and navigate major transitions in their lives.
Jaleigh is a member of the Integrated Wealth Advisor Council at the Family Office Exchange and is on the Leaders Council of The UHNW Institute.
Amy M. Kane is the Director of the Wealth Strategies Group at Baird. Amy leads and coordinates with her team to work with successful clients and their advisors to develop, implement, and monitor custom and holistic wealth plans based on a thorough understanding of the clients’ values, assets, and wealth transfer goals, as well as vision for their legacy.
Amy has a strong background in wealth, estate, tax, philanthropic and business owner/executive planning, while also understanding the family dynamic needs of multi-generational clients. She is passionate about the educational aspects of wealth planning, spending time to understand each client’s unique situation and help them act on their goals.
Amy is a member of the Denver Estate Planning Council and a member of Women United.
Kelsey Clair joined Robert W. Baird & Co. in 2020. Kelsey is currently the Tax Strategist for Baird’s Private Wealth Management Group. Prior to joining Baird in 2020, Kelsey was responsible for providing tax compliance and tax planning services to high net worth individuals and privately held businesses at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP.
Kelsey graduated from the University of South Carolina with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accountancy with a focus in taxation. Kelsey is a Certified Public Accountant with the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners.
Scott Grenier is the manager of financial and estate planning for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group, a role in which he oversees Baird’s team of financial and estate planners across the U.S. He works with clients and their financial advisors on business succession and tax and estate planning strategies, focusing on tax-efficient wealth transfer opportunities.
Scott is a general member and former board president of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum, as well as a general member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Planning Association and National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.
Erica Kroll joined Baird in 2003, where she is responsible for
supporting Baird Financial Advisors and their clients with their
insurance based planning needs. By working through the Baird
Wealth Management process in a consultative manner, Erica is able
to incorporate insurance into the overall financial plan to enhance
the client’s goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Baird, Erica worked as an Executive Assistant at
Banc One Insurance Services supporting the sales and marketing
efforts of their life insurance and annuity solutions.
Erica is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and has advanced
education in long-term care planning. She also holds the FINRA
Series 6 & 63 licenses, along with the Wisconsin life and health
Kathy Carey is Director of Research for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. In this role, she oversees the Asset Manager Research, Equity and Fixed Income Research, and Value Equity Research Teams.
She is a co-portfolio manager for the ALIGN Strategic Portfolios where she is involved with investment, asset allocation and rebalancing decisions, as well as due diligence of the portfolios. Additionally, she is a voting member of Baird’s Equity Recommended Portfolio and sits on the firm’s Investment Policy Committee.
Laura Thurow is the director of wealth solutions and operations for Baird’s Private Wealth Management (PWM) business. In this role, she is responsible for the people, platforms and back-office services that support Baird’s financial advisors’ wealth management practices.
As part of the PWM Leadership Team, Laura is involved in various strategic initiatives in support of Baird’s overall wealth management platform. Additionally, she serves as a member of Baird’s Executive Committee.
Laura obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and CFA Society of Milwaukee member.