Baird & Warner Names New Chief Operating Officer, President of Residential Sales

- 12/29/14 by Baird & Warner

Baird & Warner Names New Chief Operating Officer, President of Residential Sales
Top Brokerage Realigns Executive Team for Growth

Chicago, Ill. – December 29, 2014 – Baird & Warner has named Jennifer Alter Warden to the newly created position of chief operating officer, and Laura Ellis as the new president of the brokerage’s residential sales division. 

“Jennifer and Laura have proven time and time again that they are invaluable assets to Baird & Warner,” said Steve Baird, president and CEO of Baird & Warner, Chicagoland's largest, locally owned independent residential real estate services company. “Their leadership skills and industry expertise will allow us to continue to grow and bring superior tools and services to our broker associates and their clients.

About Jennifer Alter Warden

As the brokerage’s chief operating officer, Alter Warden will work closely with the presidents of Baird & Warner’s three divisions -- Residential Sales, Key Mortgage Services and Baird & Warner Title Services -- to ensure they have the marketing and technology strategies and resources they need to operate effectively. She also continues to serve on Baird & Warner’s executive committee, as well as play a major role in corporate culture. Baird & Warner was named the No. 1 workplace in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune in 2014, earning its third consecutive Top Workplace award.

With Baird & Warner since 1995, Alter Warden was responsible for launching the company’s home services, e-business and title operations. In 2002, Alter Warden created the Baird & Warner Good Will Network, the company’s charitable initiative, and she will continue to oversee the program. To date, the Good Will Network has donated nearly $2 million to dozens of nonprofits.

About Laura Ellis

Ellis succeeds Alter Warden as Baird & Warner’s president of Residential Sales, assuming management responsibility for the company’s residential sales operations. Prior to this role, Ellis served as Baird & Warner's senior vice president of sales where she oversaw the operation of all branch offices. Ellis was instrumental in the creation of the Baird & Warner Leadership Institute, a unique training program that teaches leadership and business skills to broker associates, while preparing them to take on management positions.

Ellis joined Baird & Warner in 1998 as sales manager of the Bolingbrook office. During her eight years as manager, the office consistently broke records in production, recruiting, mortgage and title. In 2006, Ellis was brought to the Baird & Warner corporate office to serve as director of sales operations.
 
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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. With nearly 1,800 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 www.BairdWarner.com. 

 


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