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

Jay Brain, CIMA®

Senior Vice President

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Jay Brain, CIMA®

Philosophy & Approach

Jay has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years and a consultant with Stephens since 2009. Jay works closely with his partners, Mark Dutton and Keith Westmoreland, to help clients realize their financial aspirations through plans that enable them to invest with purpose. Jay says, “As a team, we look at the client’s overall financial situation – what is happening currently and what their goals are. We can then create a plan to help them reach those goals, adjusting it as needed because not only does the market change, but people’s circumstances and wishes do, too.”

Mary Snook is Jay’s client associate. She has been working with Jay since the mid ‘90s and in the business for more than 30 years.

Experience & Education

Prior to joining Stephens as a Vice President, Jay was a financial advisor and Vice President at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. Before beginning his career in wealth management, Jay was a bank financial examiner for the Arkansas State Bank Department.

Jay is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and majored in finance and banking. He also completed Stephens’ advanced wealth management program, Stephens University, offered through Wake Forest University.

He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®). The certification from the Investments and Wealth Institute signifies that Jay has met initial and on-going experience, ethical education, and examination requirements for investment management consulting, including advanced investment management theory and application.

Personal

Jay was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the commission for the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics and was a past Chairman. He also teaches Sunday school at his church. Prior volunteer work includes serving as commissioner on the Rogers Airport Commission.

Jay and his wife, Kelly Ann, have two children, Jeb and Georgia Grace. He spends his free time with his family and traveling to watch his children compete in a variety of sports. He enjoys cycling and hiking around northwest Arkansas. His is also a private pilot and enjoys flying to airshows.

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