With his regional economic development experience throughout the state of Pennsylvania, Connor will expand Baird’s existing K-12, municipal, county and state clients, as well as the team’s private sector focus in the region.
Prior to joining Baird, Connor was Senior Vice President of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and Senior Director of the Southeastern Economic Development Company of Pennsylvania (Seedcopa). In these roles, Connor administered the Commonwealth’s Business Retention and Expansion Program for Chester County where he partnered with local legislators and municipalities to provide economic development financing opportunities and other incentives to the private sector.
'Tim’s deep knowledge of financial services, coupled with his economic development experience, specific to Pennsylvania municipalities, will be a tremendous asset to the business and enhance our ability to better serve our clients’ needs', said Keith Kolb, Managing Director and Director of Baird’s Public Finance group.
Les Bear, Managing Director and head of Baird’s Pennsylvania Public Finance team added: 'Tim’s passion and commitment to serving local government in meeting their financing goals is evident from his work with Chester County, where he successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment and created thousands of jobs in the region. His work-ethic and quality-driven mindset fits well with the Baird culture and we are excited for the impact Tim will make to the Baird team'.
Since opening its Philadelphia office in 2008, Baird has increased its municipal issuance volume in the state by an average of $513 million per year. On a national level, Baird’s Public Finance business continues to grow, expanding from five offices and 50 associates in 2005 to currently 14 offices and 70 associates. The steady successful recruitment of top talent and expanding footprint has enabled Baird’s Public Finance business to grow its market share.