Mr. Branson rejoined Stephens Inc. in April 2015 as a Managing Director in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. Based in Atlanta, he is responsible for client coverage of depository institutions in the Southeast. Mr. Branson began his career in the Stephens Corporate Finance Analyst program. Prior to rejoining Stephens, Mr. Branson was a Managing Director at Sterne Agree & Leach, Inc. (2010-2015) and an Associate Director at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. (2004-2010). During his career, he has been involved in numerous merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions for financial institutions. Mr. Branson is also a frequent speaker at industry and state banking associations’ conferences. Mr. Branson graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Finance and MS in Accountancy.