An Independent Spirit

We are an independent financial services firm with the freedom to focus on what matters most: building value for our clients. We are committed to establishing and maintaining long-term relationships based on integrity and trust and delivering long-term results based on deep research and independent thinking.

Leadership with a Focus on Teamwork

Our leadership has worked together for decades, instilling a sense of stability, teamwork and dedication throughout the firm.

  • Warren A. Stephens
  • Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Warren A. Stephens is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Stephens Inc., a privately owned diversified financial services firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he received his BA in economics and later received his MBA from Wake Forest University. Mr. Stephens was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1986, succeeding his father, Jack Stephens. Warren was named Chairman in 2005.

Under his leadership, the firm has remained true to its mission of providing capital to middle-market and small-cap companies while expanding into major U.S. markets and opening Stephens Europe offices in London and Frankfurt. Through its public finance arm, Stephens Inc. has been recognized for its integral role in revitalizing local economies, underwriting infrastructure and education projects around the Southeastern United States.

Mr. Stephens has been vocal in his belief that banks should remain modestly leveraged, pointing to his own company’s ability to weather the economic downturn of 2008 without government assistance. He is equally vocal in his support of capitalism, frequently speaking around the country to industry associations, students, and business leaders about capitalism’s unmatched power to lift people out of poverty, create jobs, and stabilize communities.

He has served on the NASD District Conduct Committee, and ended his tenure as its chairman. Mr. Stephens currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dillard’s Inc. and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University, and he co-chaired the successful Capital Campaign that concluded in June, 2015.

Civic and community involvements include: chairman of the board of the Arkansas Arts Center; chair of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Board (current); co-chair of the Arkansas Arts Center Capital Campaign with his wife, Harriet C. Stephens (current); chair of Episcopal Collegiate School Foundation Board (current); chairman of the Capital Campaign to renovate the current theatre for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre; and the Board of Directors for the Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club.

Born on February 18, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he and his wife have three adult children, Miles Stephens (Katie), John Stephens (Mary Olive), and Laura Stephens.

  • Curt Bradbury
  • Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bradbury is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Stephens Inc. He joined the firm in 1972 and has been COO of Stephens Inc. since 1995. In his current leadership position, Mr. Bradbury works with Chairman and CEO Warren Stephens in the development and execution of strategic initiatives and the daily operations of Stephens Inc.

Mr. Bradbury currently serves on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Board of Directors and is Chairman of the American Securities Association (ASA).  He also sits on the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council.  He formerly served on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the NASD) District 5 Conduct Committee.  He is former Advisory Director of the Export-Import Bank and a Director of the American Bankers Association.  In the past, he has served as director of several publicly traded companies.He is widely regarded as a leader in the securities industry.

Mr. Bradbury holds an undergraduate degree in finance and a master's in economics from the University of Arkansas. 

  • Douglas H. Martin
  • Senior Managing Director

A native of Little Rock, Mr. Martin joined Stephens in 1981 after beginning his career in M&A with Morgan Stanley in New York. He has been involved in private equity for Stephens for more than 30 years, and has led the effort for the past ten years. Mr. Martin earned BA degrees, summa cum laude, in physics and economics from Vanderbilt University, where he was a varsity swimmer and football player and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MBA from Stanford University. Mr. Martin serves as a director of several portfolio companies, including publicly traded Conn's, Inc.

  • Mark Doramus
  • Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Doramus is Chief Financial Officer of Stephens Inc. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Dallas, Texas, in 1980. He joined Trammell Crow Company in Dallas in 1983. In 1988, he joined the corporate finance department of Stephens Inc. and in 1996 was named Chief Financial Officer. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, with a degree in economics/business and received his master's in real estate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


Our Mission and Values

The Mission of Stephens Inc. is to become a trusted advisor to our clients in all aspects of their business and personal investments. We assist our clients as they interact with the financial markets, consider capital formation and preservation, and analyze strategic alternatives.


Our clients come first. It is this philosophy that ultimately enhances our reputation and profits. On the other side of every revenue-generating transaction, there is a customer who must be dealt with fairly and with the highest of ethical standards. On the other side of every investment are partners, fellow shareholders and a management team who deserve the most candid reflection of our thoughts, opinions and advice. In dealing with these varied interests honestly and fairly, we will build trust in our judgment and integrity. This will forge relationships, the likes of which have been, and will continue to be, the cornerstone of our success.

Extraordinary people create extraordinary companies, and we will make it our business to maintain relationships with as many extraordinary business people as is possible all over the world. From these relationships and from our commitment to the minimization of missed opportunities will come the future revenue flow of Stephens Inc. This is our corporate definition of “rain making” — extensive relationships and no missed opportunities.

Strong Capital Position and Principal Mentality

Our long-term relationships, our strong capital position, our principal mentality, and the level of professionalism with which we approach decisions set us apart in the financial services industry.

With full awareness that many firms around us are in the process of developing massive scale, we define our future in terms of quality and profitability. This trend toward massive scale will make Stephens increasingly unique in our industry, and we will meet our competition with creativity, agility, integrity, intelligence and a commitment to exceptional execution.

We understand and appreciate that the most innovative and distinguished financiers in the history of the world have not always operated from the largest-scale platforms. As Stephens Inc. continues its tradition of producing some of the most exceptional financial minds in the country, our vision for ourselves will be realized.

Creating Distinctive Opportunities

Our investment banking and principal investing businesses operate in close organizational proximity. This is by design. We think and act like owners whether we are acting as principal or agent. We feel that this gives us a unique perspective in our business and creates distinctive opportunities for us and for our clients.

This approach has paid substantial dividends beyond return on investment. Many of our investments have become clients of our investment banking services, and many investments started out as investment banking clients. We will continue this course that differentiates Stephens Inc. within the securities industry. We are unique.

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