Baird has expanded its Milwaukee private wealth management team with the addition of three wealth management professionals from the Gawelski Group.

The new appointments include: Jeffrey H. Gawelski, director and financial advisor, who has also held positions at A.G. Edwards, Piper Jaffray, RBC Dain Rauscher and UBS; John “J.R.” Richards, financial advisor associate; and Linda Davis, registered client relationship associate.

The new appointments come as the firm has been on a hiring spree in the past year, adding 63 financial advisors and branch managers to its team in 2010.

These new appointments bring Baird’s Milwaukee wealth management office, which is its largest, to 69 in staff. The firm previously expanded the Milwaukee office with the addition of the WE Group and five of its wealth management professionals in May.

Baird’s private wealth management division has more than 680 financial advisors. As of Sept. 30, 2010, those advisors managed almost $59 billion in client assets.