Heather Skinner | Private Wealth Management | 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

Heather Vangilder, CRPS®

Vice President

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Heather Vangilder, CRPS®

Philosophy & Approach

With more than a decade of experience, Heather works diligently to help clients understand their investment and retirement plans. Her dedicated personal service and passion instill confidence in her clients. Heather joins the father and son team of John Gay and John Gay Jr., CPA, as a junior partner.

Experience & Education

Before joining Stephens, Heather worked at two different investment management firms. She graduated from Lyon College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance Administration.

Heather is a Chartered Retirement Planning Specialist (CRPS®). This designation from the College for Financial Planning signifies that Heather has met initial and ongoing experience, ethical education, and examination requirements for the retirement planning process, including meeting multiple financial objectives, sources of retirement income, personal savings, employer-sponsored retirement plans, retirement cash flow, asset management, estate planning, and more.


Heather is dedicated to giving back to her community. She has previously served on the Jonesboro Chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliary and the Salvation Army. Heather currently volunteers her time for the United Way of Northeast Arkansas. She is a busy mom who spends her free time transporting her daughters to all of their extracurricular activities, being a zookeeper for their multiple domesticated pets and enjoys squeezing in a concert every now and then.