Our Consultant Team

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Paul G. Sittenfeld
Consultant
Sittenfeld Consulting, LLC
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After working in the investment industry for nearly 30 years, in April 2015, Paul transitioned from an employee of Baird in the role of Financial Advisor to serving as an Independent Consultant for The Stuard & Thornberry Group at Baird.

While Paul has transitioned investment management responsibility completely to Elaina Stuard and Jonathan Thornberry, he is available to assist our clients with a wide range of topics including: family dynamics and relationships; estate and retirement matters; educational and employment opportunities; philanthropic goals; residential options; geriatric issues; and various multi-generational interactions.

A graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Paul is an active volunteer locally and nationally with a special interest in education. He has served on the boards of St. Xavier High School, The Seven Hills School, Hebrew Union College, Xavier University, Moravian College and Bethany College. A past Trustee of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Anthem Foundation, he is currently a member of the boards of the Peterloon Foundation, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Shaker Village in Kentucky, Chatfield College and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Paul and his wife, Betsy, are residents of Cincinnati. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Robert W. Baird & Co. is not affiliated with Sittenfeld Consulting, LLC and this listing should not be considered an endorsement of the products or services offered by this entity.


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Scott Grenier, CFP®, AEP®

Senior Vice President
Manager of Financial and Estate Planning

Scott Grenier is Manager of Financial and Estate Planning for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. In this role, he works with clients and their Baird financial advisors on business succession, tax and estate planning strategies, with a focus on tax-efficient wealth transfer opportunities. Prior to joining Baird in 2010, Scott provided financial planning solutions to high-net-worth individuals and families at Cleary Gull.

Scott graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and earned a Master of Science in Financial Services Degree from The American College. He is an Accredited Estate Planner through the National Association of Estate Planning & Councils, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy through The American College, and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional.

Scott served on the Board of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum. Currently he is a member of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum, the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Financial Planning Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.


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Timothy M. Steffen, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CPWA®

Director
Director of Advanced Planning
Private Wealth Management

Tim Steffen is Director of Advanced Planning for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group. In this role, he meets with clients and prospects to discuss their financial and estate planning needs, as well as serves as an income tax specialist for Baird Financial Advisors. Tim also supports Financial Advisors in a marketing and training capacity, helping them understand the benefits of using financial planning in their business and educating them on planning techniques.

Prior to joining Baird in 1999, Tim worked in Arthur Anderson’s Private Client Services group where he specialized in tax and financial planning. His clients included corporate executives, business owners and families.

Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1991. He is a Certified Public Accountant/Personal Financial Specialist, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, and a member of the American and Wisconsin Institutes of CPAs and the Financial Planning Association.

Commentary from Tim on a wide range of financial planning topics has been featured in national, regional and trade media such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Barron’s, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, MarketWatch, Forbes, and InvestmentNews.


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Susie Bauer

Senior Vice President
529/UIT Manager

Susie Bauer is the 529/UIT Manager for Baird, where she has worked in UIT marketing since 1997 and 529 plan marketing since 2000. Additionally, she is a trainer, and conducts e-learning sessions and educational presentations for Baird associates.

Since 2004, Susie has served as co-chair of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) 529 State Regulation & Legislation Committee. Prior to joining Baird in 1997, she was the Artistic Director and Administrative Director of Educational Programming for Bauer Contemporary Ballet, Inc.

Susie earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master of arts degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.


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Bruce Bittles

Chief Investment Strategist

Bruce joined Baird in 2002 and provides stock market analysis to Baird's retail, institutional and corporate clients. He is also a member of Baird's Investment Policy and Stock Selection committees. Bruce began his investment career as head trader at the options trading firm of Thomas, Haab and Botts in New York City, where he served for nine years. In 1974, Bruce joined J.C. Bradford & Company to establish and head their options department. In 1985, he joined Bradford's research department, where he was partner in charge of market strategy until the company was acquired by Paine Webber in 2000. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree in business and MBA in economics and finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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William A. Delwiche, CMT, CFA

Managing Director
Investment Strategist

William Delwiche is Baird’s Investment Strategist and is a member of the Investment Policy Committee. Before joining Baird in 1999, he worked as a researcher at the Committee for Economic Development, a Washington, D.C., pro-business think tank. Since 2004, Willie has also been the co-manager of Baird's ETF-based ALIGN Tactical Portfolios.

Willie received a BA in Economics and in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Market Technicians Association and past member of the American Economics Association. Willie is both a Chartered Market Technician and a CFA Charter holder.

Commentary from Willie on the economy and stock markets has been featured in national, regional and trade media such as BARRON’S and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He has appeared on Fox Business, the Nightly Business Report, and the MoneyLife show. Willie also regularly shares his perspectives via Twitter (@WillieDelwiche) and other social media outlets.


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Laura Thurow, CFA

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.

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