Our Profile

People choose their careers for many different reasons. When we decided to become Financial Advisors, we were driven by a genuine passion for creating great outcomes in clients' lives and a deep desire to help them achieve the things they wanted for themselves and the people they care about. 

We have closely guided high-net-worth individuals, corporate executives and families through many market cycles, led by a thorough understanding of their unique situations and an unwavering commitment to keep their best interests first. 

Michael Dempsey

Director
Direct: (859) 815-6804
Fax: (859) 815-6850
mdempsey@rwbaird.com

For over 35 years, Michael has worked with individuals, businesses and professional institutions to guide them through the establishment of their investment goals and help them achieve those goals. He strongly believes in understanding his clients’ financial needs in order to customize an investment strategy that is specifically tailored to each client.

Education
• University of Kentucky, 1974-1977
• Graduate of Northern Kentucky Leadership Class, 2007

Community Involvement
• Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Board Member
• Notre Dame Academy Board of Directors
• Notre Dame Academy Invest Club and Education Committee
• Thomas More Advisory Board
• Devou Park Advisory Board

Personal
• Resident of Northern Kentucky for over 27 years
• Michael and his wife, Beth, have three children, Lauren, Sean and Megan

Ohio Insurance License #0H06063

Mickey Fritz, CPA, CFP®

Senior Investment Consultant
Associate Branch Manager
Direct: (859) 815-6803
Fax: (859) 815-6850
mfritz@rwbaird.com

For the past 11 years, Mickey Fritz has been partner of The Dempsey Fritz practice at Baird, an employee-owned financial services firm.  His practice is built around a financial planning process to help individuals and businesses identify and improve their current financial position.  Prior to Baird, Mickey worked in public accounting at VonLehman & Company where he developed his foundation to create successful outcomes for his clients.

Mickey's passion for helping others does not stop with his practice.  He is dedicated to actively helping to better the Northern Kentucky Community.  As a lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky, Mickey has held different leadership posiitons within organizations.  He is currently a resident of Crestview Hills, where he resides with his wife Shelley and their four children:  Kaia, Mickey, Logan and Lennon.

Education
• University of Kentucky - Accounting
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
• Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
• Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC)

Community Involvement
Brain Injury Alliance of Northern Kentucky Board President
Redwood Rehabilitation Center
Covington Catholic High School
Northern Kentucky Education Council Board Member
Northern Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Conference
Summit Hills Country Club Board Member
Leadership Northern Kentucky
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
United Way

Sean Dempsey, JD, CFP®

Financial Advisor
Direct: (859) 815-6816
Fax:  (859) 815-6850
sdempsey@rwbaird.com 

Since 2015, Sean has been a member of the Dempsey Fritz Group. Prior to that, he practiced law at a Los Angeles litigation firm. Sean focuses on investment management, financial planning, estate planning as well as any other issue that comes up.  Sean enjoys working with and getting to know clients, being active in the community, and spending time outside.  He lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife Caroline and their son James.

Education

  • University of Louisville, B.A., 2009
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012.

Community Involvement

  • Adult Literacy Tutor for the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
  • Volunteer Mentor with Boys' Hope Girls' Hope Cincinnati.
  • Secretary of the Northern Kentucky Estate Planning Council

Ellen Haskell

Financial Advisor
Direct: 859-815-6822
Fax: 859-815-6850
EHaskell@rwbaird.com

Ellen joined The Dempsey Fritz Group in 2019 after coming to Baird as part of the Hilliard Lyons acquisition.  Ellen has over 16 years experience in the Financial Services Industry.  She focuses on financial and estate planning as well as investment management for her clients. She enjoys the process of finding wealth solutions and strategies for her clients to give them peace of mind.

April Punch, CFP®

Financial Planner

Direct: 859- 815-6826
Fax: (859) 815-6850
apunch@rwbaird.com

For the past seven years, April has been grateful to serve clients within her roles in the Financial Industry. Her areas of expertise include financial planning, marketing, client relationship management, trading, and providing an exceptional client experience. She strongly believes in providing the best possible service to clients through open, honest, and transparent relationships. Before joining Baird, April served as a Sr. Registered Associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Outside of work, April is involved in her community and is a Junior Board Member for the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

Education

  • University of Kentucky, Bachelors Degree - Business Marketing 
  • University of Kentucky, Bachelors Degree - Merchandising

Community Involvement

  • Matthew 25: Ministries
  • The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky

 

Rae Jean Isaacs

Senior Client Specialist

Direct: (859) 815-6805 
Fax: (859) 815-6850
risaacs@rwbaird.com

Rae Jean Isaacs has over 13 years of experience as a Client Specialist.

Education
• Bachelor’s Degree, Socio-psychology and Criminal Justice, College of Mount St. Joseph – 1998

Community Involvement
• Cincinnati Reds Community Fund
• Donauschwaben Society

Personal
• Cincinnati Resident
• Rae Jean and her husband, Greg, have three children, Kelsey, Gavin and Grayson

Diane M. Gaal

Senior Client Specialist, AVP

Direct: (859) 815-6806 
Fax: (859) 815-6850
dgaal@rwbaird.com

Diane Gaal has over 33 years of experience in the securities industry which includes opening and establishing three local branches for a leading regional investment firm. Aside from her role as a Senior Client Specialist, she also managed the compliance procedures for the offices.

Education
• Bachelor’s Degree, Communications, University of Cincinnati

Community Involvement
• Donauschwaben Society
• Cincinnati Reds Community Fund

Personal
• Cincinnati resident
• Diane and her husband, Steve, have two daughters, Hannah and Olivia

Jodi Steczynski

Client Specialist

Direct: 859-815-6819
JStecynski@rwbaird.com

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