Mary Ellen Stanek Receives Morningstar Outstanding Portfolio Manager Award

MILWAUKEE--()--Employee-owned Baird announced today that Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, President of Baird Funds and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors received Morningstar’s Outstanding Portfolio Manager Award. The award is one of the 2022 U.S. Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence.

The Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence recognize portfolio managers and asset-management firms that demonstrate excellent investment skill, the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors, and an alignment of interests with the strategies’ investors. Morningstar’s manager research analysts conduct in-depth qualitative analyses in order to select nominees and, subsequently, vote to determine the award winner. Stanek is being recognized as the Co-Chief Investment Officer of the team that manages Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund (BUBIX), Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX), Baird Intermediate Bond Fund (BIMIX), Baird Aggregate Bond Fund (BAGIX) and Baird Core Plus Bond Fund(BCOIX). Morningstar’s methodology is available here. In its nomination of Stanek Morningstar wrote:

“Stanek has an investors-first mentality. Long before it was the industry norm, Stanek and her team launched strategies with some of the lowest fees available among actively managed peers; the managers don't have to take on more risk to clear their price hurdles and beat their respective benchmarks. Stanek and her team also produce comprehensive educational content on fixed-income markets for investors and own large stakes in the funds they run.”

“This recognition is extraordinarily well deserved,” said Steve Booth, Baird’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mary Ellen and her outstanding team have a proven approach that has helped their clients navigate all types of markets. The team’s dedication to clients and consistency for more than 20 years at Baird and many years before that have been key to their long-term success.”

“I’m humbled to be recognized for a career focused on stewarding our clients’ assets and controlling risk,” said Mary Ellen Stanek. “I remain grateful for our team and how they continually support our investors with our all-weather approach. We’re proud to do this work and serve our investors year after year.”

The winners were announced on CNBC and will be recognized in May at the Morningstar Investment Conference.

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Morningstar Awards 2022 (c). Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nomination awarded to Mary Ellen Stanek and Baird for the 2022 U.S. Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence.


Jody Lowe

Release Summary

Baird Advisor's Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, recognized with Morningstar’s Outstanding Portfolio Manager Award.


Jody Lowe