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The DDK Group
Our Team

Our group of professionals share in their commitment to provide exceptional client service. We possess the qualities and education necessary to serve affluent clients. This requires a certain tact and willingness to go beyond the normal course of operations to ensure our clients and their families are comfortable with their personal, financial situations. Our professionals have chosen to focus their careers in this area of practice. This devotion is demonstrated by our ability to interact with clients, gain their trust, and willingness to put in the extra time and care necessary to make sure the job is done right for our clients’ best interest.

Edward DeFrance, CPA, CFA®, CAIA®

Managing Director

(414) 298-7396

edefrance@rwbaird.com

Ed is a Managing Director with The DDK Group at Baird and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Prior to Baird, Ed was a senior manager in Deloitte’s Investment Consulting Services group and was a manager in Arthur Andersen’s Investment Advisory Services Division. Ed received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Illinois State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Ed also holds the Charted Alternative Investment Analyst designation. Ed and his wife. Jill, have been married for over 20 years and have three sons.

David Klenke, CFP®, CFA®, CPA

Managing Director

(414) 298-7434

DKlenke@rwbaird.com

Dave is a Managing Director with The DDK Group at Baird and has 25 years of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Prior to Baird, Dave was a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche’s Investment Consulting Services group where he was a member of their National Investment Policy committee and was a manager in Arthur Andersen’s Investment Advisory Services division. Dave received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a CFP® professional, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee. Active in his community, Dave volunteers his time on local charities. In his free time he enjoys spending time traveling and playing tennis with his wife Becky, and their two children Jake and Lauren.

Thomas Duffey, JD

Director

(414) 298-7796

tduffey@rwbaird.com

Tom is a Director with The DDK Group at Baird and has more than 40 years of experience in the financial planning industry. Prior to Baird, Tom was with Cedar Street Advisors as a vice president and senior client advisor where he was an advisor to affluent families. For 24 years, Tom served client families in the traditional practice of law as a shareholder in Duffey Law Office, S.C. concentrating on matters involving wealth creation, realization and succession, estate planning, taxation and corporate formation. Tom is a graduate of Marquette University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics with honors. He earned his JD from Marquette University Law School and is an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Tom and his wife Eileen are the parents of four grown sons and daughters-in-law and they have six grandchildren. Together they relish opportunities to lend their support to local, national and international groups such as those serving critical needs in children's health, HIV and AIDS outreach and research and educational accessibility for the economically disadvantaged. He and Eileen live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Cassandra Meyers, CFP®

Assistant Vice President

(414) 298-1033

cmeyers@rwbaird.com

Cassandra is an Assistant Vice President and Associate Financial Advisor with The DDK Group at Baird and has over 10 years of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Prior to Baird, she was a Private Banking Coordinator with BMO and M&I Wealth Management. Cassandra received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Economics as well as her MBA from Marquette University, and she is a CFP® Professional. Cassandra and her husband, Chris, along with their children, Madeline and Aiden, enjoy cooking, traveling and hiking.

Tiffany Kowieski, CFP®

Assistant Vice President

(414) 298-5159

tkowieski@rwbaird.com

Tiffany Kowieski is an Assistant Vice President and Associate Financial Advisor with The DDK Group at Baird and has over 10 years of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Prior to Baird, Tiffany was an Account Manager in Northern Trust’s Wealth Management group and was a Private Bank analyst at J.P. Morgan. She received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Marquette University, where she was also a member of the Applied Investment Management program. Tiffany is a CFP® Professional. Tiffany and her husband, Matt, reside in Lake Forest, IL with their three children, Theo, Wes, and Quinn.

Riley Gaynor

Senior Client Specialist

(414) 765-3658

rgaynor@rwbaird.com

Riley Gaynor is a Senior Client Specialist with The DDK Group at Baird and has over 7 years of experience in the financial services industry. Riley received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Connor Allen

Associate Financial Advisor

(414) 298-5131

cjallen@rwbaird.com

Connor is an Associate Financial Advisor with the DDK Group at Baird and has a year of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Management, and Risk Management Insurance from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a 4-year starter for the Badgers Football team. Connor enjoys golf, traveling, and skiing.

Brad Nortman

Associate Financial Advisor

(414) 792-1008

bnortman@rwbaird.com

Brad is an Associate Financial Advisor with The DDK Group at Baird and has 2 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry. Prior to Baird, Brad played 6 years as a punter in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers where he played 4 seasons, including playing in Super Bowl 50, and 2 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a 4-year starter on the Badgers Football team. While he was playing in the NFL, Brad earned his Master of Science in Finance from Indiana University. He has passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and is a Candidate for the CFP® Certification. Brad and his wife, Lexi, enjoy serving others, growing in their faith, participating in sports and spending time with family and friends.

Catherine Murray

Client Assistant

(414) 298-7444

cmurray@rwbaird.com

Catherine is a Client Assistant with the DDK Group at Baird with 5 years of professional service industry experience. Her degree in Personnel Management is from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Catherine enjoys teaching yoga, spending time with her two sons and family, hiking, reading, and traveling.

Jessie Hymes, AAMS®

Client Assistant

(414) 298-7065

jhymes@rwbaird.com

Jessie is a Client Assistant with the DDK Group at Baird and has two years of experience in the financial planning industry. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, she spent time tutoring student athletes in accounting, finance, and economics. Originally from Louisville, she is new to the Milwaukee area and hoping to get involved in the community. She enjoys skiing, rollerblading and exploring with her dog, Milo.