Tim Fries initially joined Baird Capital in 2014, where he focuses on investments in the Industrial Solutions sector. Prior to joining Baird Capital, Tim spent five years with GE in the Energy and Power & Water business segments. He began his career as an Associate on GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program, holding various leadership roles in operations, sourcing, quality and supply chain management. More recently, Tim served as a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt where he led growth and productivity initiatives across several GE facilities. His
responsibilities also included leading Lean Kaizen events and instructing and certifying employees in Lean Six Sigma.
Tim is currently a board member of New Vitality and is actively involved with Baird portfolio companies Kason, SloanLED and Eckler’s. Tim earned a BSE degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan where he graduated cum laude and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in finance, accounting and entrepreneurship.