CHICAGO — Kansas City, Mo.-based George K. Baum & Co. last week re-established a physical presence on the other side of the state in St. Louis with a bang — hiring former Wachovia Securities’ head of public finance Amelia A.J. Bond, whom the firm believes will elevate its local position and bolster its national ­reputation.

Bond, 48, joined the firm as an executive vice president. She will lead the St. Louis-area ­efforts.

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