Paul Carbone is Director of the Private Equity Group for Robert W. Baird & Co. Baird Private Equity makes venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments in smaller, high potential companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Since 1999, Paul also has served as Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee for Baird Capital Partners and Baird Venture Partners. Prior to 1999, Paul was Co-Director of Investment Banking responsible for Baird's mergers and acquisitions advisory practice. Prior to joining Baird in 1994, Paul was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Paul is a member of the board of directors of Baird Financial Corporation, Robert W. Baird Group Limited, Baird Capital Partners Europe, Baird Asia Limited, the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and the Wisconsin Technology Council. Paul also is on the board of directors of several civic, cultural and charitable organizations including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.</br></br>He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of the University of Chicago and a member of its Visiting Committee. Paul received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.