As General Counsel for the Firm and its affiliates, Mr. Sears is responsible for the oversight of all legal matters, including the mitigation of legal and regulatory risk. Mr. Sears joined George K. Baum & Company in 2011. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as SVP & General Counsel of U.S. Central FCU, after several years in private law practice in Chicago and Kansas City, including as a partner in two major Kansas City law firms. Mr. Sears received his J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster. He was the first recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship from Missouri. Mr. Sears is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Association of Corporate Counsel.