We provide investment banking, research, sales and trading, asset and wealth management, public finance, insurance, private capital, and family office services.
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 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.
We are committed to corporate philanthropy; economic and financial literacy advocacy; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
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.
We host many highly informative meetings each year with clients, industry decision makers, and thought leaders across the U.S. and in Europe.
Senior Vice President
Bill Johnston joined Stephens in 2012 and has thirty years of experience serving a broad base of public finance clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Mr. Johnston has served as Senior Managing Underwriter or Municipal Advisor for numerous Georgia issuers. A partial list of past and present clients include: State of Georgia; City of Atlanta; Fulton County, Chatham County; Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority; Augusta-Richmond County; University of Georgia Athletic Association; Emory University; Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD); Woodruff Arts Center; Georgia Municipal Association Pooled Loan Program; Gordon County; Morgan County; South Fulton Municipal Regional Water and Sewerage Authority; South Fulton Jail Authority; MEAG Power; Carroll County Water Authority; City of Buford; Buford City Schools; City of Peachtree Corners; City of Dalton; Newnan Utilities; City of Fairburn; Clayton County Water Authority; and many others. In addition, Mr. Johnston has financed over thirty municipal telecom projects throughout the United States.
Mr. Johnston earned a Master of Accountancy degree from the J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College. Mr. Johnston is a Certified Public Accountant and practiced in that field for eight years. He is a licensed Municipal Securities Principal and Municipal Advisor Principal. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Young Harris College.
Senior Vice President