Baird was awarded the 2019 Veteran Employer of the Year by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.
This award is given to an employer who goes above and beyond to support their veteran and military employees and their families.
Baird was nominated by US Army Staff Sergeant Nick Gomez. To quote Staff Sergeant Gomez, “My journey began in 2012 when I first met a Baird recruiter and continued in 2014 while I was interviewing from Afghanistan during my first deployment via Skype for a position with Baird. Fourteen days after returning from Afghanistan, Baird offered me a position. From there I started off in the Compliance Department and eventually transferred into Private Wealth Management to complete the firm’s two-year wealth management rotational program. Now it is October 17, 2017, and I was finally beginning my first week as a full-fledged financial advisor on my team. But then, the last thing I could have imagined happened, I received a call out of the blue from my unit that said we will be deploying in 7 months to the middle east. My mind and heart were immediately flooded with emotions and bouncing every which direction from how I will break the news to my wife and children and how will I tell my team and company that I have to leave for a year. But then, again, I was completely blown away after telling my partners, branch manager, and the firm. They not only reassured me that everything will be fine, but they followed through with actions as well.
Before leaving, they had a firm-wide send-off for me where countless associates were interviewed along with the Bairds CEO and they presented me with a video on my last day. While deployed, they hired snow removal and lawn care service for my wife, mailed her a care package, physically dropped off toys for my children during Christmas, mailed me six huge care packages, had a giant Baird flag sent to me signed by our associates, and ensured my financial compensation remained the same while on deployment. I can truly say, I was the luckiest person on my 300 plus person deployment and received the most care and thoughts for myself and my family! I will forever be grateful to the company and associates for the love received during that time period in my life.”