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Baird & Warner Announces New Vice President of Relocation

- 12/04/14 by Baird & Warner

Baird & Warner Announces New Vice President of Relocation
Industry Veteran Jo Lay to Expand Brokerage’s Global Reach

Chicago, Ill. – December 4, 2014 – Jo Lay, SCRP, SGMS, a 26-year relocation industry veteran, has been named Baird & Warner’s new vice president of relocation. Lay joins Baird & Warner from Coldwell Banker where she was the relocation director for the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Prior to that, Lay was the regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Relocation Services for the central region, covering Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Columbus, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

“Jo brings with her an incredible passion for the relocation industry and total dedication to providing the best service for each and every one of her clients,” said Laura Ellis, senior vice president and general sales manager at Baird & Warner, Chicagoland's largest, locally owned independent residential real estate services company. “Her mastery of global workforce mobility will be a huge asset. Under Jo’s leadership, we will expand our corporate relocation presence, while still providing a superior level of individualized customer service. She will also work towards increasing Baird & Warner’s presence within Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.”

Lay has received numerous recognitions from the relocation industry, including the Meritorious Award from Worldwide ERC®. She has been a member of the Worldwide ERC Board of Directors and US Advisory Council, as well as served as chair of the editorial committee for MOBILITY magazine. Lay is a past president and current member of the Relocation Directors Council and a member of the Chicago chapter of the Corporate Relocation Council.

Lay is a frequent speaker at industry conferences throughout the country, and has earned both the Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP®) and Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS™) designations from Worldwide ERC.


About Baird & Warner Real Estate, Inc.
Established in 1855, Baird & Warner is Chicagoland's largest, locally owned independent residential real estate services company. The Baird & Warner brand has been synonymous with experience, innovation and integrity for more than 150 years. Steve Baird, the firm’s fifth-generation owner, has been consistently recognized among the industry’s most influential leaders. Baird & Warner was named the No. 1 best place to work in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune in 2014, the brokerage’s third consecutive Top Workplace award. The first Top Workplace award was received in 2012, and Baird & Warner was named the No. 3 best place to work in Chicagoland. In 2013, the brokerage ranked No. 2. With more than 1,700 broker associates in 25 offices and comprehensive mortgage financing and title insurance services, Baird & Warner consistently ranks among the nation’s top real estate firms. Learn more at


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