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

John Gay

Branch Manager, Managing Director

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John Gay

Philosophy & Approach

John has been in the industry for more than 20 years. One of John and his son and junior partner, John Jr.’s, top objectives is to understand clients’ aspirations for themselves, their family or their business. “I take great pride in the fact that clients are entrusting us to look after the assets that are meaningful to their financial futures. Whether clients want to plan for retirement, college, or an estate, it is our goal to successfully guide them to their long-term objectives,” says John.

Bobbi Barylske is John’s registered client associate. Bobbi seeks to offer a high-touch level of client service.

Experience & Education

John has been a member of the Stephens Private Client since 2008. Prior to joining Stephens as a Vice President, John was a financial advisor at A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., later to become part of Wells Fargo Advisors, Inc. John has received the Stephens Leadership Circle award every year since 2015 in recognition for excellence in wealth management.

John is a 1988 graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 2008, he earned his MBA with honors in Military Management from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and Touro University. He also completed Stephens’ advanced wealth management program, Stephens University, offered through Wake Forest University in 2011.

Personal

John enjoys hiking, fishing, archery, hunting, and traveling. He is a native of Jonesboro, where he remains today with his wife, Leslie. They have four children, Heather, Zach, John, and Matthew.

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