Executives Legend
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.
Stephen "Steve" Baird

Stephen “Steve” Baird

President and CEO, 
Baird & Warner
2024 Rank: 57
Baird runs Baird & Warner, which has over 2,300 agents who do over $6 billion in annual sales in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and (as of 2022) Florida. His great-great-grandfather, Lyman Baird, founded the Chicagoland brokerage in 1855, which makes the company one of the nation’s two oldest brokerages. In 2023, the firm incorporated ChatGPT into its CRM. The company also placed in the top 10 of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces for the tenth time in 2023.