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 help individuals and families make smart financial decisions so they can build and protect their wealth over time. We work for each client as if they are our own family and strive to build long-term, multi-generational relationships built on trust and reliable client service.
Our investment approach of “institutional thinking for individual investors” brings the rigor and sophistication that typically characterizes institutional portfolio management for affluent families.
I have an interest in financial literacy and investments due to experiencing the impact of poor financial decisions during my formative years. I believe that our childhood stories and family dynamics continue to reverberate through time. These waves impact how we engage with money and make financial decisions. If we can become more aware of how our stories influence us — while also educating ourselves on key financial concepts — we can consistently make wise decisions. Better decision-making can contribute to building (and maintaining) long-lasting financial freedom.
To actively appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. I enjoy hiking and skiing in the majestic mountains of Colorado. To engage my body and clear my mind, I do yoga and ride my bike. Doing any of these activities with my wife and three children is an added bonus.
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 36 years 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 inquiries.
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.
Bruce Bittles offers stock market analysis to Baird’s retail, institutional and corporate clients, in addition to being a member of Baird’s investment policy and stock selection committees.
Joining Baird in 2002, Bruce began his investment career as a head trader at the options trading firm of Thomas, Haab and Botts in New York City for almost a decade. Then, in 1974, he joined J.C. Bradford & Company to establish and head the options department.
A few years later in 1985, Bruce joined Bradford’s research department, where he was partner-in-charge of market strategy until the company was acquired by PaineWebber in 2000. He obtained both his bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in economics and finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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
Brian joined Baird in March of 2005. As a senior financial planner for Baird, Brian serves in a training role, helping Financial Advisors understand the benefits of incorporating financial planning into their practice and using the tools Baird has available to create meaningful proposals for their clients.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Marquette University in 2000. Brian is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner, a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® and a Certified Investment Management Analyst®, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association, where he serves on the Symposium Planning Committee, and the Investment Management Consultants Association. In 2015, Brian was awarded a seat on the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center’s Advisory Board. .
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.