Baird Fund Managers
 
 

Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA
Warren D. Pierson, CFA 
 
Charles F. Severson, CFA
Gary A. Elfe, CFA
Daniel A. Tranchita, CFA
Michelle Stevens, CFA
Charles B. Groeschell
M. Sharon deGuzman
Kenneth Hemauer, CFA
Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA
Managing Director
Chief Investment Officer

Mary Ellen has over 30 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Mary Ellen was President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstar Investment Research and Management Company (FIRMCO) and was Director of Fixed Income. She is responsible for the formulation of fixed income strategy as well as the development and portfolio management of all fixed income services. Mary Ellen serves on the board of Robert W. Baird & Co., as President of the Baird Funds, and is chair of the Baird Diversity Steering Committee. Mary Ellen obtained her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1983. Mary Ellen is currently a member of The CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

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Gary A. Elfe, CFA
Managing Director
Senior Portfolio Manager

Gary has over 31 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Gary was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Firstar Investment Research and Management Company (FIRMCO). He is Director of Fixed Income Research overseeing all credit related decisions and responsible for setting and implementing investment strategy. Gary obtained his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1982. Gary is currently a member of The CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

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Charles B. Groeschell
Managing Director
Senior Portfolio Manager

Charlie has over 29 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Charlie was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Firstar Investment Research & Management Company (FIRMCO) where he played a lead role in the overall management of major fixed income client relationships. His responsibilities include setting investment policy with a major portion of his time allocated to security analysis, credit research, and implementing the long term investment strategy of the firm. Charlie received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Warren D. Pierson, CFA
Managing Director 
Senior Portfolio Manager

Warren has over 23 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Warren was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Firstar Investment Research and Management Company (FIRMCO) where he managed municipal bond portfolios and intermediate taxable bond portfolios. A major portion of his time is allocated to yield curve analysis and credit research. He plays a lead role in coordinating and implementing all fixed income strategy at the firm. Warren received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990. Warren is currently a member of The CFA Institute and is past President of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

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Daniel A. Tranchita, CFA
Senior Vice President
Senior Portfolio Manager

Dan has over 20 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Dan was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Firstar Investment Research and Management Company (FIRMCO) where he did quantitative fixed income analysis and portfolio management. A major portion of his time is allocated to mortgage-backed and asset-backed research. Dan received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Marquette University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1993. Dan is currently a member of The CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

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M. Sharon deGuzman
First Vice President
Portfolio Manager

Sharon has over 17 years of investment experience managing various types of fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Baird Advisors, Sharon was an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Firstar Investment Research and Management Company (FIRMCO) where she did quantitative fixed income analysis and portfolio management. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University. Sharon is currently a member of The CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

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Chuck Severson, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager

Chuck has over 27 years of investment experience and is currently a senior portfolio manager on BIM’s mid cap growth product. Mr. Severson earned a Master of Science Degree in Finance in 1987 and BBA degree in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he was a member of the Applied Security Analysis Program. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1991.

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Michelle Stevens, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager 

Michelle has more than 18 years of investment industry experience, having managed mutual funds, sub-advised funds and institutional separate accounts in the Small-, Small-/Mid- (SMID) and All-Cap Value Equity disciplines. She holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Wittenberg University. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Ken Hemauer, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager

Ken has over 20 years of investment experience and currently serves as a Senior Portfolio Manager for BIM's mid cap growth product. He covers financial services and consumer discretionary. Prior to joining BIM he spent seven years in Baird's sell-side Equity Research Department as a Senior Analyst leading the coverage of financial institutions. Ken has both a BBA and Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of the Applied Security Analysis Program. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995.


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