Melissa LaBarbera joins Baird’s Private Wealth Management branch in Utica. Melissa joined Baird in March 2023 to assist Scott George, Managing Director, and his clients. She brings with her an administrative work background which makes her a perfect fit for an ever-growing position. Melissa assists with all aspects of client service including scheduling appointments, preparing performance reviews, completing account documents, opening accounts and facilitating financial transactions. She also manages correspondence, maintains electronic files, and addresses client inquiries and requests.

“Melissa’s professionalism makes her a perfect fit for us,” said Eric Pronovost, Branch Manager. “We are so pleased to have her join our Utica Baird team.”

Baird Utica also welcomes three temporary associates: Alec Firsching, Matthew Moore and Ethan Whitehead. They will assist the branch in various capacities during the summer.

Baird’s Private Wealth Management business encompasses more than 1,300 financial advisors serving clients from over 160 locations in 33 states and has client assets of more than $375 billion as of December 31, 2022.

About Baird

Putting clients first since 1919, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 5,100 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $375 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2022. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 23 on the 2023 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list – its 20th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and Baird Trust Company in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at

LaBarbera, Melissa

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