Steve Baird is president and CEO of Baird & Warner, a top brokerage in the country and market leader in Chicagoland. A fifth-generation leader of the family-owned company, he has distinguished himself as a powerful voice for the industry.
Baird has played a major role at The Realty Alliance, representing some of the nation’s leading real estate firms, and testified before the U.S. Congress on matters of vital interest to the real estate community. Baird consistently makes headlines for his insights. For example, he was recently quoted in The Real Deal, Chicago Agent Magazine and Crain's Chicago Business, sharing his expertise on the housing market and industry in 2019. Chicago Agent Magazine also voted Baird & Warner’s website the Best Brokerage Website for the sixth time in eight years.
Under Baird’s leadership, Baird & Warner was recognized as a Top 20 brokerage in the country in RISMedia’s 2019 Power Broker report, having reached over $6 billion in sales volume and almost 18,000 transactions for 2018. In late 2019, the brokerage partnered with Inside Real Estate to provide the kvCORE technology platform to Baird & Warner’s 2,500 agents across over 30 offices, helping drive growth and profitability.
Baird is a member of various groups and was selected by Fortune Small Business Magazine as a “Best Boss” for 2004. Baird has long worked for the preservation of open space as past president of CorLands and The Openlands Project, and he serves as a national board member of the Trust for Public Land.