Who We Are

What We Do

We provide investment banking, research, sales and trading, asset and wealth management, public finance, insurance, private capital, and family office services.

About Us

We are a family-owned financial services firm that values client relationships, long-term stability, and supporting the communities where we live and work.

The Stephens Story

The idea of family defines our culture, because each of us knows that our reputation is on the line as if our own name was on the door.

Leadership

Our reputation as a leading independent financial services firm is built on the stability of our longstanding and highly experienced senior executives.

Impact Initiatives

We are committed to corporate philanthropy; economic and financial literacy advocacy; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Our Brand Ambassadors

Stephens is proud to sponsor the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, and PGA TOUR Champions careers, as well as applaud the philanthropic endeavors, of our Brand Ambassadors.

Making Connections

We host many highly informative meetings each year with clients, industry decision makers, and thought leaders across the U.S. and in Europe.

Our People

James Fortner

Senior Vice President, Commercial P&C Advisor

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James Fortner

James Fortner joined Stephens Insurance in 2012 and currently serves as a Senior Vice President and is an integral contributor to the Stephens Energy Division, which provides an array of risk management resources and services to large public and private companies in the energy industry.

Fortner has supplemented his specific risk management academic background with practical experience in the form of 4 years within the insurance brokerage business. He focuses on large account risk management, particularly for utilities and other energy industry clients, contributing to their success mostly by assisting them with complex property and casualty placements including named windstorm/surge zone property coverage, mechanical breakdown coverage for prototypical gas turbines, and nuclear generation as examples. Fortner frequently provides risk management solutions to clients for the identification, assessment, control and risk financing of their risks plus creative ways to manage these risks through self-insurance, captives, builders risk programs, and other innovative means of managing and/or mitigating risk.

Fortner earned his bachelor’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

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