Mr. Baird joined RBC Capital Markets’ Baltimore office in 2003 as an investment banker in the Municipal Markets Division. Mr. Baird specializes in structuring innovative solutions to meet the specific needs of our higher education clients. He has extensive experience financing and refinancing various project based funding programs, including all types of taxable and tax-exempt, fixed and variable rate structures. He has also developed an expertise in structuring project specific programs utilizing such techniques as net lease financing and various privatization models. Some of his clients have included Southern Oregon University, Texas A&M University System, Howard University, University of Akron, Northeast Ohio Medical University, College of Staten Island, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grambling University, Southern University at Shreveport, Florida Atlantic University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, University of Colorado, University of Louisville, University System of Maryland, Virginia State University, Provident Resources Group and Collegiate Housing Foundation.
Mr. Baird has approximately 27 years of investment banking experience, including 23 years as a Public Finance Banker. He has participated in hundreds of taxable and tax-exempt financings, totaling over $15 billion in aggregate principal amount. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Mr. Baird was a member of the Public Finance Groups of Legg Mason Wood Walker, William R. Hough & Co. and Alex. Brown & Sons. He has an MBA and a BBA in Finance from Loyola University Maryland. He is a Municipal Bond Principal and has his Series 7, 50, 53 and 63 registrations.