Baird continues to recruit aggressively from the Smith Barney side of the Morgan Stanley empire, this time taking on the former head of its wirehouse rival's Great Lakes regional business.
As the recent pattern indicates, Steven Stroker was a long-term veteran of the industry before he came to Baird, having started at Smith Barney back in 1983.
He worked his way up from consultant to the head of 10 branches stretching from Illinois up through Michigan to Ohio. Meanwhile, the firm evolved into the modern Morgan Stanley.
While it's possible Baird -- an employee-owned firm -- made Stroker a rich offer Morgan Stanley couldn't match, it's more likely that he was looking for a way out.