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Laird joined Baron in 2000 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2013. He has 23 years of research experience. From 1999 to 2000, Laird worked at Water Street Capital as a research analyst. From 1992 to 1997, Laird worked at Ford Motor Company as a marketing trainee and was named marketing manager in 1994. Laird graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics in 1992 and from Columbia Business School with an M.B.A. in 1999.