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July 24, 2017

Stephens Adds Senior Talent to Institutional Equities and Research Practice

(LITTLE ROCK, AR: JULY 24, 2017) – Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm, today announced the hiring of Frank Chiou as managing director for New York Institutional Equity Sales and Mark Connelly as managing director and senior equity research analyst. Mr. Chiou and Mr. Connelly will be based in Stephens’ New York office.

“We continue to grow our Institutional Equities practice with our clients’ best interests in mind. Accordingly, the additions of Frank and Mark exemplify our commitment to high-quality, differentiated service. Each brings to Stephens extensive industry knowledge, relationships, and experience critical to our investor client base as well as to our business objectives,” commented Nik Fisken, EVP and Head of Institutional Equities at Stephens.

Frank Chiou has more than 20 years of institutional equity sales experience and joins Stephens from William Blair where he was a partner. Previously, Mr. Chiou held sales positions at Thomas Weisel, Adams Harkness, and Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of Duke University.

As a senior analyst, Mark Connelly will cover paper, packaging, and chemicals for Stephens. His expertise of these sectors as well as global agribusiness spans 30 years. Before joining Stephens, Mr. Connelly was a senior analyst with CLSA Americas and has held similar positions with Credit Suisse Group And J.P. Morgan & Co. Mr. Connelly received his Bachelor Of Science and MBA from New York University.

“We’re very excited by the momentum in our business and the opportunities ahead of us. Our group now comprises more than 150 personnel across the country and in the past year, our New York office has grown by over 50%. We’re pleased to welcome Frank and Mark to the team and look forward to their contributions to our efforts,” concluded Mr. Fisken.

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