Baird Specialists

Greg, Thomas, Gil, Jordan, and Ann have built strong relationships throughout Baird. The following associates are trusted partners who are often involved when meeting client needs.

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Michael Antonelli
Market Strategist

Michael graduated from Purdue University in 1995 with a degree in history and moved to CT to work in the back office of AIG trading. He moved to Chicago in 1997 to work in the back office of Dean Witter's futures division before moving to a 24-hour trading desk in 1999 to execute futures and options for Fimat, a division of Societe Generale.

He got his MBA at the University of Chicago in 2007 before coming to Baird on the Equity Trading Desk in March 2007 as a Sales Trader, assigned to the International team. He began writing a daily email in 2010 as a way to let overseas clients know what happened while they slept. He started posting it online in 2013 and it is now the Bull and Baird blog.


Laura Thurow
Managing Director
Director of Wealth Solutions and Operations

Laura Thurow is 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 in all aspects of their wealth management practices.

As part of the PWM Leadership Team, she is also involved in various strategic initiatives in support of Baird’s overall wealth management platform.  Additionally, Laura serves as a member of Baird’s Executive Committee.

Laura received a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has earned the CFA charter and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee.


Scott Grenier
Senior Vice President
Manager of Financial and Estate Planning

Scott Grenier joined Baird in 2010. Scott is currently Manager of Financial and Estate Planning for Baird’s Private Wealth Management Group. Prior to joining Baird in 2010, Scott was responsible for providing financial planning solutions to high net worth individuals and families at Cleary Gull, Inc. Scott works with clients and their advisors on business succession, tax and estate planning strategies, focusing on tax efficient wealth transfer opportunities.

Scott graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and earned a Master of Science in Financial Services Degree from The American College. Scott is an Accredited Estate Planner through the National Association of Estate Planning & Councils, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy through The American College and a CFP® Professional. Scott served on the Board of Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum and is a current member of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum, member of the Society  of Financial Service Professionals and a member of the Financial Planning Association in Southeastern Wisconsin.


Ellen Rexroat
Municipal Bond Trader

Ellen is a trader in Baird’s Private Client Municipal Department. She concentrates on marketing certain new and secondary issues and supports the distribution of these bonds to Baird’s retail investor system. Ellen joined Baird in 1985 and has worked in municipal trading, underwriting and marketing.

She graduated in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.


Joel R. Grant
Vice President
Fixed Income Portfolio Consultant

Joel joined Baird in 2010 and has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. Joel trades the Wisconsin and US Territory municipalities, as well as constructs fixed income proposals and provides advice to Financial Advisors on their existing fixed income holdings. Prior to joining Baird, Joel worked as a Fixed Income Trader at the Ziegler Companies for six years. He has additional trading experience as a Money Market trader at US Bank, and gained valuable experience working with financial advisors and their clients as an Associate with the JP Morgan Private Client group.

Joel earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.