Baird announced today that Chris Brewster joined the firm’s wealth management offices in Columbus, Ohio. Brewster has more than 16 years of experience in the financial service industry, both as a financial advisor and a branch manager.

Brewster will be a non-producing manager of the Columbus office, which has 10 financial advisors and 27 associates. “Chris is a tremendous addition to our Private Wealth Management branch management team and to Baird,” said Matt Curley, National Sales Director and Chief Operating Officer for Baird’s Private Wealth Management group, in a press release. “With his stellar industry reputation and appreciation for Baird’s unique culture, Chris is well suited to lead our Columbus office. We’re very pleased he has chosen to continue his career at Baird.”

Baird has been on a hiring spree, adding more than 50 advisors and branch managers over the past year. Most recently, it hired six wealth management pros, including four advisors, in its Boulder, Colo., office. Those advisors, known collectively as The Boulder Group, oversee nearly $450 million in client assets, with production in the $1.5 million to $2 million range, the firm said.

And other additions include eight new advisors and two branch managers from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to support new offices in Charleston, S.C., and Fort Worth, Texas area. And before that, it had been reported that Baird was continuing its expansion in northern California. The brokerage currently operates six offices in that region, two equity and fixed-income capital markets offices in San Francisco, an investment banking office in Palo Alto, and three wealth management offices in the greater Sacramento area. Since 2007, Baird has added a number of senior level associates in the Bay Area including a new co-head of equity capital markets, equity research associates, and equity traders.

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