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October 29, 2018

Stephens Insurance Adds Key Personnel in Texas

Stephens Insurance, LLC, an affiliate of Stephens Inc., an independent, financial services firm, has hired Chris Hawkins as senior vice president, Robert Mann and John Rhodes as vice president, and Kevin Yandell as claims coordinator, enhancing critical risk management capabilities in Texas, an accelerating market for Stephens.

“We take great pride in being able to deliver practiced guidance and high-quality solutions important to defusing the complex threats companies face daily. With these additions, we continue to build a team around expertise that truly meets the needs and interests of our clients. We are pleased to welcome them to Stephens and look forward to their contributions in Texas and beyond,” said Martin M. Rhodes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stephens Insurance, LLC.

Mr. Hawkins will lead the firm’s automotive risk management services and brings more than 16 years of insurance expertise specializing in automotive dealers, manufacturers and car rental operators. This will be a new offering under Stephens’ commercial property and casualty team and well-matched to the knowledge and competencies within Stephens Inc.’s auto retail investment banking practice. Prior to joining Stephens, Mr. Hawkins was a senior vice-president with Arthur J. Gallagher’s Automotive Practice. He will work from the Austin branch.

Mr. Mann joins Stephens after 16 years in operational management and business development in the construction industry. He will play a key role in building relationships among contractors and real estate companies in support of the firm’s commercial lines business. Recently, he served as Development Manager at Patrinely Group, LLC. He will be in the Houston office.

Mr. Rhodes will support new business development and growth initiatives in Texas. Previously, he spent six years with AmWins Group, Inc. assisting in the production and placement of complex energy property risks. He will be based in Austin.

Mr. Yandell has 15 years of combined experience in managing a multiline claims department, loss analysis, and the many aspects of administering workers’ compensation and commercial property claims. Mr. Yandell comes to Stephens from Texas Association of Counties where he was a Property Claims Supervisor. He joins the Austin office.


About Stephens Insurance, LLC
Stephens Insurance is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas and is one of the largest privately-owned insurance brokerages in the Mid-South. There are currently more than 170 associates throughout Stephens Insurance’s network of offices in Fayetteville, Dallas, Austin, Jackson, Houston, and Birmingham. Stephens Insurance National Producer #8844362

About Stephens Inc.
Stephens Inc. is a full-service investment banking firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since its inception in 1933, privately held Stephens Inc. has served a broad client base which includes corporations, state and local governments, financial institutions, institutional investors and individual investors throughout the United States and overseas. For more information, visit


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