We provide investment banking, research, sales and trading, asset and wealth management, public finance, insurance, private capital, and family office services.
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 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.
Our reputation as a leading independent financial services firm is built on the stability of our longstanding and highly experienced senior executives.
We are committed to corporate philanthropy; economic and financial literacy advocacy; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
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.
We host many highly informative meetings each year with clients, industry decision makers, and thought leaders across the U.S. and in Europe.
Senior Vice President, Commercial P&C Director of Marketing
Robert Watkins joined Stephens in 2010 as Senior Vice President joining a team of professionals providing Risk Management and Insurance services to large public and private companies. Prior to joining Stephens, Watkins spent 10 years as Executive Vice President and Principal at Risk Services of Arkansas, LLC, formerly First Arkansas Insurance. Prior to that, he served for two years as Senior Vice President and Director of Risk Management at Sedgwick of Arkansas and 15 years as Senior Vice President of Rebsamen Insurance, both in Little Rock. He began his insurance career in 1974 with the Seibels Bruce Group in Columbia, South Carolina.
Experienced with Risk Management and Insurance Brokerage in heavy manufacturing, retail, transportation, construction, energy exploration, and production as well as gas and electric utility industries. Watkins has experience with large property placements, a variety of loss-sensitive and alternative risk finance casualty placements as well as management liability. His experience also includes working with client risk management issues associated with merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions.
Watkins earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1974. He also attained the professional designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, CPCU; Associate in Risk Management, ARM and Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU.