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Our Value

  1. Independent and objective advice

    Working with you to achieve your goals is what we take pride in. Your financial future is our focus.

  2. Expertise to get you on track

    Success takes teamwork. Listening to what you want to accomplish in life and helping you get there is our expertise. The right outcome takes the right strategy. Our expertise begins with, but isn't limited to, the following areas:

    • Restricted stock/option planning
    • Tax-efficient investing strategies
    • Maximizing employer benefits
    • Tax-efficient charitable giving
    • Before-you-buy homeowner education
    • 401(k) plan education
    • Estate planning education
    • Insurance and risk evaluation
    • Liquidity and debt optimizaton
  3. Trust

    We'll work hard to earn your trust and to be the financial partner you deserve. Your best interest now and for your future.

Meet the Advisors

Phil Banta

Vice President, Financial Advisor

KC Herren

Financial Advisor

Casi Jones, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Ethan Waterman, CFP®

Financial Advisor

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Phil Banta

Vice President, Financial Advisor

"My passion is learning about people and helping them make smart financial decisions, so that they can enjoy their life to its fullest."

Phil is a Vice President and Financial Advisor for The Ragen Group, joining Baird in 2014. He brings to The Ragen Group more than a decade of banking and branch management experience. Phil earned his bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University and started his career as a branch manager at Wells Fargo. After nine years managing branches in Washington and Oregon, he sought to make more of an impact in the lives of his clients and joined The Ragen Group in 2011, which was then part of McAdams Wright Ragen. In 2014 McAdams Wright Ragen and The Ragen Group joined Baird. Phil is co-located in Baird's Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union offices. Phil and his team work with successful families and individuals that seek a higher standard of care. Partnering with clients who value a proactive approach, he specializes in assessing and addressing their unique needs through each stage of life. In addition, he and his team appreciate the importance of passing on your values to future generations as well as your wealth. By focusing on simplifying financial complexity, he and his team understand firsthand the financial and personal benefits of creating a family estate plan, championing the causes you care about and building a legacy.

Phil currently is a board member of Kindering, an organization that specializes in treating children from birth to three years old with special needs. He also organized Baird's volunteer efforts for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, which was held in Seattle in July of 2018.

He lives in Mercer Island with his wife, Meghan, their two children and rescue dog Bear.

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Casi is a Financial Advisor and a Certified Financial PlannerTM with The Ragen Group. After graduating summa cum laude from Portland State University, she joined The Ragen Group to utilize her passion for education and Financial Planning in order to help our clients achieve their goals. In her role, she oversees The Ragen Group's "Standard of Care" – the team's customized wealth management platform.

Casi is committed to supporting the community and is currently a member of the board of Seattle Works where she serves on the Finance Committee. Seattle Works connects volunteers, develops leaders, and builds community.

She lives in the Judkins Park neighborhood in Seattle with her husband Chris and their chocolate labrador, Penny. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling.

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"I partner with clients in helping build their ideal lifestyles – by aligning their financial decisions with their priorities."

KC Herren is a Financial Advisor with the Atkins Lund Group. A former professional baseball player, KC graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington before starting his financial advisory career with another firm in Seattle.

KC learned some interesting lessons, first as a wealth management client in his baseball days and welcomed the opportunity to apply those lessons in serving clients as a wealth manager. Whether a technology employee recognizing the responsibility and opportunity of new wealth or professional athletes signing their first contract, KC is determined to help clients find the right solutions for their complex circumstances.

KC is quite active in the community as a Board member at the Rainier Club and continues to give back as a coach of a select youth Baseball team. He and his wife Breana have three children. KC is an avid Mariners fan, and golfs and skis in his rare downtime.

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"I am committed to providing meaningful advice and building long-term relationships. With the right advice, clients can rest assured they are making the most of each opportunity and avoiding costly mistakes."

Ethan is a Financial Advisor with The Atkins Lund Group, joining Baird in 2013. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Ethan specializes in advanced planning for individuals, families, and working professionals. Ethan graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing. He is a registered representative and holds FINRA Series 7/66 licenses along with Washington State life and health insurance licenses in addition to the CFP® designation.

Ethan currently serves on the board of Invest in Youth, a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring to struggling students in Seattle Public Schools.

Ethan lives in Green Lake and enjoys being outdoors, golfing, and traveling with his fiancée and their goldendoodle.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP® Board's initial and ongoing certification requirement.

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Meet Baird

Employee-Owned

We're an employee-owned firm that's been in business for 100 years — this is because we prioritize our client relationships above all else — you truly come first.

We Pick Up the Phone

We're here to help, if you've got a question you think we can help with – never hesitate to contact us.

Expertise

In addition to our Financial Advisors and the Wealth Management experts who support them, Baird has consistently been recognized for its industry-leading Equity Research. Additionally, we have Global Investment Banking and Private Equity/Venture Capital businesses with experts we can bring to support our client relationships.

Happy People Provide Great Service

Baird ranked No. 12 on the 2018 Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, our 15th consecutive year among the nation's best employers and our 10th year among the top 25.

Contact Us

We'd love the opportunity to chat and learn more about the financial decisions you're facing. We'll share some thoughts and things to consider and if it makes sense for us to keep the conversation going — great, if not — that's fine too.

Baird Private Wealth Management

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500 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109