Catherine Leonard - Designated Managing Broker
Catherine came to the real estate industry after a career in advertising in New York City's then largest privately held firm, Young & Rubicam, where she served as VP Account Supervisor on accounts such as Whitehall Brands and Colgate Palmolive. Following her ad career, she and her family spent 8 years in Italy and France for her husband's own Advertising career. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2000, she and her family chose Evanston as their home. Catherine's real estate career began at Coldwell Banker in Evanston where she grew to be a consistent top producer. In September of 2014, Baird & Warner invited her to manage their Evanston Office, where Catherine is thrilled to be able to merge her experience as a Manager in the advertising world with her sales expertise in real estate.
She and her husband of 30 years live in Evanston and have two children, ages 29 and 25. She speaks Italian and French, loves drawing, gardening and college sports. She earned her degree as an English major from the University of Notre Dame, and has a Masters of Science in Advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.