Robert W. Baird & Co. yesterday announced its continued expansion in the Northeast, hiring six bankers from the former Ferris, Baker Watts Inc. to join new offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Managing director Leslie Bear, director Daniel Fox, director James Shelby, assistant vice president Audrey S. Bear, and financial analyst Barbara Patragnoni will work from Baird's new Exton, Pa., office, the company announced yesterday. Baird Public Investment Advisors also hired John Kinnerman as vice president and portfolio manager, based out of its new Laurel Springs, N.J., office.

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