Our Profile

Baird is built upon shared values of honesty, integrity, genuine concern for clients and respect for associates. These values drew us to Baird and remain central to our ability to earn the quality client partnerships and maintain the high standards that are Baird traditions.

Learn more about the client-focused service for which Baird is so well-known. Contact us today to explore a partnership with Baird.


Jason Topi, CRPC®

Director, Financial Advisor

Jason is a Director and Financial Advisor with the Evans & Topi Retirement Advisors at Baird. He joined M. Griffith Investment Services in 2009 after serving with Merrill Lynch and HSBC Securities. Jason brings more than ten years' experience in financial services and higher education financial development to the team. Throughout his career, Jason has specialized in providing comprehensive financial solutions to successful professionals and small businesses.

Jason holds a BA from Hamilton College and has pursued graduate studies at the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University. He is Series 7 & 66 registered, and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. He holds a Variable Life/Variable Annuities license as well as a Life, Accident & Health license. Jason provides fee-based Investment Management services, individual Retirement and Estate Planning services, and Life and Long Term Care Insurance.

Bettina Lindsey

Client Specialist

Bettina is a Client Specialist with the Evans & Topi Retirement Advisors. She has a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies in Business & Public Management from SUNY Institute of Technology, and is securities registered with Series 7 and 63. Bettina joined the firm in 1996 after working in corporate administration for more than 12 years.

Bettina’s main focus is client customer service, assisting Michael Evans and Jason Topi with clients’ financial needs, and helping the practice run smoothly.

Makino Ruth

Client Specialist

Makino (Kino) joined Baird along with the rest of the Evans & Topi Retirement Advisors in 2018. Kino comes from the higher education sector and Hamilton College, with over 20 years of experience in providing career counseling to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in the finance, insurance and consulting sectors. He previously worked in the corporate sector as a VP of Sales & Marketing (machinery) and as a Sales Consultant (insurance).

Kino is Series 7 and Series 66 registered, New York State life and health insurance licensed and holds a BA from Grinnell College in Economics and an MA in International Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is an active supporter of the Kirkland Art Center, the Oneida County Habitat for Humanity and the Joseph’s Experience camp for child survivors of cancer.

Jessica Pruckno

Client Assistant

With over a decade of experience in various administrative positions, Jessica offers leadership, vision, and knowledge to our team.  Since joining Baird (M. Griffith Investment Services, Inc.), she has demonstrated her ability to provide comprehensive and confidential administrative support.  Jessica’s resilience, adaptability, and keen awareness allow her to support the needs of our clients, remain professional under pressure, and achieve financial goals.

Outside of the office, Jessica participates in a volleyball league and enjoys spending time on her boat with her husband and two children.

Jessica’s outgoing personality, work ethic, and ability to collaborate with all individuals classifies her as a vital member of our team.  She is a catalyst for progress and our goal of working with you through life’s financial journey!

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