CHICAGO — Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. is moving into the health care and senior-living financing sectors with the new hire of a public finance banking veteran.

Tanya Hahn joins Baird as managing director in the firm's Columbus, Ohio, office.

Hahn comes to Baird after eight years at boutique firm Lancaster, Pollard & Co., which specializes in federally insured mortgage financing for hospitals and senior-living facilities, among other markets.

At Lancaster, Hahn was a senior vice president and investment banker and oversaw all health care, senior living, and educational facility financings in Wisconsin and Michigan.

She has also worked in public finance positions at McDonald Investments Inc., Citi, and KPMG, and was the chief financial officer of Franklin University.

At Baird, Hahn will work with traditional public finance clients, including governments, municipalities, school districts, and higher education.

She will also help launch the firm's expansion into the health care and senior-living markets.

"Since 2005, our business has expanded greatly, growing from five offices and 50 associates to 12 offices and almost 80 associates," Keith Kolb, Baird public finance director, said in a statement announcing Hahn's hire.

"Tanya's unique experience in the areas of health care and senior living adds even greater depth of knowledge and expertise to our business," Kolb said. "We know she will be a great addition to the team."

The hire boosts the number of public finance employees in the Columbus office to 12. The firm, which is employee-owned, has more than 2,600 associates.

Nationally, Baird ranks 11th among senior managers for the first six months of 2011, working on 286 transactions that totaled $2.5 billion in par amount, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Last year the firm also ranked 11th nationally, serving on 929 transactions totaling a par amount of $8.9 billion.

In the Midwest, the firm ranks eighth so far this year among senior managers. Last year it ranked sixth in the region.

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