Baird continued its hiring spree this week with the addition of Jarrett Kovics as senior vice president and branch manager of its Dallas office. Kovics will be a non-producing manager.

Previously, Kovics was a regional manager with Prudential Investments. He started his career as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and later, at Smith Barney, he spent 11 years in a variety of roles, including assistant branch manager of the Private Client/Institutional Headquarters office in New York and Complex Manager of the Global Wealth Management offices in Hawaii.

“Jarrett is a tremendous addition to our Private Wealth Management branch management team and to Baird,” said Matt Curley, Managing Director, Regional Director for Baird in a press release. “With his stellar industry reputation and appreciation for Baird’s unique culture, Jarrett is well suited to lead our Dallas office.”
Baird added more than 100 financial advisors to its Private Wealth Management group in 2009. The majority of them were industry veterans, the company said. And it continued its hiring ways this year, with the addition of 35 more advisors and branch managers since New Year.

The company also has been expanding its footprint, opening new offices in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C. Denver, Sacramento, Lynchburg, Va., Baltimore, and St. Paul, Minn.