Ken Hall Barnett | Private Wealth Management | Stephens | Stephens

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.


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

Ben Penix

Senior Vice President

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Ben Penix

Philosophy & Approach

Ben has more than 15 years of experience assisting clients with comprehensive wealth management. “Time horizon is an integral component of any client’s financial roadmap. It’s my duty to seek growth and capital appreciation while taking this key aspect into account and advise my clients with time horizon in mind,” says Ben.

Ruth Niehues, a registered client associate since 2015 with more than 15 years of administrative experience, supports Ben.

Experience & Education

Ben joined Stephens Private Client Group in 2015. He previously worked at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., and its successor Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. before it ultimately merged with Wells Fargo Advisors, Inc.

Ben graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also earned the designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist in 2002 from the College of Financial Planning.


A native of Northwest Arkansas, Ben and his wife, Leslie, call Fayetteville home. They have three children, Madeline, Graham, and Mary Hollis.