Our Profile

Barbara Griffin, CIMA®, CPWA®

Director

Barbara Griffin is a Senior Investment Consultant for The GTHM Group. Prior to joining Baird with her team in 2009, she worked as a financial advisor and was a First Vice President with Smith Barney and predecessor firms for 22 years. She focuses on wealth planning for corporate executives, business owners, and widowed or divorced women.

Barbara earned her bachelor's degree in international relations from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a Certified Investment Management AnalystSM and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® professional. She is also a longtime member of Quota International of Grand Rapids, a service organization that helps the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, Barbara serves on the board of the YWCA of West Central Michigan and on the finance committees of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan and her local church. A former president of Baird Women Advisors, she resides in Holland, Michigan with her husband, Clay.

Investment Management Consultants Association is the owner of the certification marks "CIMA®" and "CPWA®" the service marks "Certified Investment Management AnalystSM," "Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM," "Investment Management Consultants AssociationSM," and "IMCA®." Use of CIMA® or Certified Investment Management AnalystSM signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA's initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.

Kent Tipton, CFP®, CIMA®

Senior Vice President

Kent Tipton joined Barbara as a partner in 2000 and joined Baird with the team in 2009. A former Certified Public Accountant, he focuses on portfolio management, asset allocation and financial planning.

Kent earned his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and his MBA from Tulsa University. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional and a Certified Investment Management AnalystSM professional. Kent is involved with the Grand Rapids YMCA. He resides in Grandville, Michigan, with his wife, Sandy, and son, Dirk. 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and federally registered in the U.S., cfp-disclosure.jpg which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirement.

Investment Management Consultants Association is the owner of the certification marks "CIMA®" and "CPWA®" the service marks "Certified Investment Management AnalystSM," "Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM," "Investment Management Consultants AssociationSM," and "IMCA®." Use of CIMA® or Certified Investment Management AnalystSM signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA's initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.

Lisa Howland, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Lisa Howland is a Financial Planner who has been in the financial services industry since 1992.  She joined Barbara’s team in 1998 as a Sales Assistant making the transition to Financial Advisor in 2004.  Lisa specializes in researching mutual funds, annuities, insurance services including long term care along with financial and retirement planning.  She has her BBA in Finance from Davenport University with a concentration in Financial Planning.  She is also a CERTIFIED FINANICAL PLANNER™ professional.

Lisa spends her free time enjoying water sports such as wakeboarding, surfing and kayaking as well as biking and golfing.  She also volunteers at the Meyer May House as a docent and has taken many docent trips to Frank Lloyd Wright destinations.  Lisa is a Grand Rapids native where she continues to live with her husband Andy and their Jack Russell terrier.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and federally registered in the U.S., cfp-disclosure.jpg which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirement.

James MacLachlan, CFP®

Senior Vice President

Jim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has been a financial advisor for over 37 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Business from Central Michigan University. Jim and his wife Nancy live in Spring Lake, and they have three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys sailing and piloting his airplane.

Jim is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Spring Lake, a Past Trustee and Chairman of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and Past President of the Village of Spring Lake.

Jim’s areas of expertise are:

  • Comprehensive financial planning
  • Investment Advisory (manager in Baird’s Private Investment Management program)
  • Fixed Income portfolio construction and management
  • Retirement and Income Planning
  • Estate and Gift Planning and Strategies 

Brad MacLachlan, CIMA®, CFP®

Vice President

Brad is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST™ professional who joined Baird in 2011. His primary focus with the GTHM Group is to assist clients with the preparation of their financial plans, and to work directly with clients to help them implement their strategies. Brad also assists in researching investments utilized in the PIM (Private Investment Management) discretionary investment program for the team and is a PIM Manager. 

Brad is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also graduated from the Boston University program for Financial Planning, and the MIT Sloan School of Management program for Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. He and his wife Mindy live in Spring Lake with their daughters Riley and Annie, and their son Brady. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the community through the Spring Lake Rotary Club, spending time with his family, working in his yard, and watching football.

Tammy Brouwer

Assistant Vice President

Tammy Brouwer is a Senior Client Specialist who has been in the financial services industry since 1998. She began her career as a cashier and joined our team as an assistant in 2002. Tammy is responsible for client requests, order entry for the purchase and sale of securities, administrative services, and account maintenance. She lives in Hudsonville with her husband Mitch and their three children, Kaden, Lilli, & Celia. Tammy enjoys running, reading, camping, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jeff Hagen

Client Specialist

Jeff Hagen is a Client Specialist who has been with Baird since 2014, having worked in both our Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids offices. He joined The GTHM Group in 2019. Jeff is responsible for order entry for the purchase and sale of securities, client requests, administrative services, and account maintenance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Personal Financial Planning from Western Michigan University. Raised in West Michigan, he currently lives in Grand Haven with his wife Brittany. He enjoys spending time outdoors traveling, camping, and hiking.

Emma Thompson

Client Assistant

Emma Thompson is a Client Assistant who is just starting out in the financial industry. She worked with our team as a summer intern in 2018. Then in March of 2019 she joined the team as a Client Assistant. Emma is responsible for administrative services, account maintenance, research, marketing, meetings, and event planning. She recently received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance at Central Michigan University. Emma lives in Grand Rapids and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping, and relaxing.

Rachel Hughes

Assistant Vice President

Rachel joined Baird in 1998. She holds her Series 7 and 66 licenses. She provides advanced administrative and professional support, helping to build and maintain client relationships. Rachel and her husband Robb have three children, Bryce, Nate and Keelyn. She enjoys reading, camping, running and spending time with family and friends.

April Wiltzer-Spohn

Assistant Vice President

April has been with Baird since 2003. She holds Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses.  She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BBA in Operations Management.  April provides advanced administrative and professional support, helping to build and maintain client relationships. April and her husband, Gains, have a daughter Lily and they live in Jenison. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends.

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