Baird said Thursday, July 15, that it had hired Wells Fargo veteran William “Bill” Welsh as a director to lead its San Francisco wealth-management office. As a result, the firm had added 36 financial advisors and branch managers since the beginning of the year and continues to boost its 650-plus advisor force.
Welsh, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, is set to oversee the branch as a non-producing manager, according to Baird. According to the firm, his main focus will be on recruiting advisors and building up Baird’s wealth-management presence in the Bay Area.
Baird has six offices in the Bay Area/Northern California region – two equity and fixed-income capital markets offices in San Francisco, an investment bank
“I’m very excited to continue my career at Baird,” said Welsh in a press release. “I was attracted to the firm by the caliber and sincerity of the people and the pride in being a part of an independent, employee-owned firm. I also was impressed by the firm’s commitment to the Bay Area…”
For the past three years, Welsh was a regional sales manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank in San Francisco. Before that, he managed Bear Stearns & Co’s Private Client Services office in San Francisco.