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

J. Brent Akers

Senior Vice President

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J. Brent Akers

Philosophy & Approach

Brent joined Stephens as a Senior Vice President in 2013. With more than 35 years of industry experience, Brent and his partner, Rocky Jones, assist clients in realizing their financial objectives. Whether saving for retirement, providing for college education, or transferring generational wealth, Brent is fully engaged with clients managing the market opportunities and risks along the way. “Every client’s financial situation is both deeply personal and unique to them. As a team, Rocky and I work to develop a wealth management plan that hopefully relieves the individual of worry as we work to help them achieve their financial goals,” says Brent.

Kim Whittle, Brent’s registered client associate, has been working with Brent since 2003.

Experience & Education

After graduating in 1985 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Finance, Brent began his career at First Commercial Corp. He then moved to Arvest Asset Management before joining Stephens.

Personal

Brent served on the board of the Mercy Hospital Foundation from 1996 to 2013. During his tenure he was President, Vice President, and on the executive committee.

Brent lives in Rogers with his wife, LeAnn. They have one daughter, Natalie. He enjoys golf, tennis, biking, hunting, floating, trap shooting, and traveling.

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