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Our Baird Team

Ella B. Neely, J.D.
Trust and Estate Planner

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Ella is a Trust and Estate Planner with Baird on the Financial & Estate Planning team. Prior to Baird, Ella was a Trust and Estate Planner for Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She provides a broad range of support to the trust and estate planning team through reviewing estate plans and answering any estate planning questions or concerns. Ella has 6 years of experience in the investment industry.

Ella previously served as an intern at Hilliard Lyons where she assisted with the review of trust, estate, and business entity accounts to ensure FINRA compliance. She holds a B.S. degree from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee and a J.D. degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. During her time at the University of Louisville, she was active with the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law and the Environmental Law and Land Use Society.

At Hilliard, Ella participated in the School-to-Work program that Hilliard partnered in with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Outside of work, Ella enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her puppy.

Kara Endres, CFP
Vice President
Financial Planner

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Kara Endres is a Financial Planner at Baird, serving clients of Financial Advisors in Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana. Prior to joining Baird’s Financial & Estate Planning team, she was a Wealth Planner with the planning team at Hilliard Lyons. As an extended member of your Financial Advisor’s team, she focuses on providing comprehensive financial planning solutions to high-net worth clients and helps individuals and families put together a road map to
achieve goals and objectives during the various life stages.

Kara began her career in the financial planning field in 2009 and has held her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation since 2011. She is a graduate of Ball State University and resides with her husband and three children in Southern Indiana. Kara enjoys spending time with her very active family and taking in a baseball game when time permits.

Willis W. Hobson, J.D.
Senior Vice President
Trust Strategist

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Will is a Senior Vice President and Trust Strategist for Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. He works with Baird Financial Advisors and their clients offering complex trust and estate planning guidance. Will has over 30 years of experience in trust and estate planning and administration. He is a member of the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Louisville Estate Planning Counsel.

Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons Trust, Will spent four years with the law firm of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville, where he focused primarily on estate administration, estate planning, and trust administration. Will holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from the University of Louisville. He serves on the Board of Directors for Crescent Hill Community Council and Friends of the Crescent Hill Library. Will joined Hilliard Lyons Trust in 1990.

R. Scott King, CFA
Senior Vice President
Portfolio Manager

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Located in our Lexington, Kentucky branch, Scott is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry with a focus on wealth management. Scott holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons Trust, Scott was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Central Bank for over five years. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Investment Advisor at Unified Trust for two years and at PNC Bank for 15 years. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA from Miami University.

Scott joined Hilliard Lyons Trust in 2021.


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