James “Max” Markley | Private Wealth Management | Stephens

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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

James “Max” Markley

Vice President

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James “Max” Markley

Philosophy & Approach

With more than five years of experience, Max seeks to offer his clients thoughtful advice that is truly aligned with their interests. Max states, “It is our team's mission to have an in-depth knowledge of our clients overall financial life; thus, giving us the ability to provide a high level of sophisticated guidance to build and preserve a client’s net worth.”

Kerry McGauran, a registered client associate, supports James.

Experience & Education

Prior to joining Stephens, Max was a financial advisor and financial analyst with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. for four years.

Max attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN on a golf scholarship, after a year he transferred to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance.


Max spends time volunteering at The First Tee of Dallas and is a member of the Dallas chapter of the Ole Miss Alumni Association. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Max now lives in Dallas with his wife Hilary. Max enjoys playing golf, fly fishing, traveling and hosting events at his home.