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March 31, 2017

Stephens Insurance Opens Property and Casualty Office in Birmingham, Alabama

Appointment of Four Industry Experts Expands Capabilities in the Energy, Infrastructure, Private-Equity and Chemical Sectors

Stephens Insurance, LLC, an affiliate of Stephens Inc., an independent, full service investment banking firm, today announced the opening of its Property & Casualty brokerage office in Birmingham, Alabama. The new team—made up of Tice Young, Donna Sanford, James Kennedy and Marty Hall—brings nearly 60 years of combined experience in the energy, infrastructure, private equity, and chemical verticals to the insurance practice.

“Stephens Insurance is excited to expand our Southeast footprint into the Birmingham area. Our move into the market is part of the overall expansion of Stephens Insurance, following our increased presence in Houston earlier this year,” stated Martin M. Rhodes, President and Chief Executive of Stephens Insurance. “We are thrilled to build our local offering around such an accomplished and knowledgeable team,” he continued.

Mr. Young joins Stephens Insurance after a 12-year tenure at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, where he worked in the energy, infrastructure, private equity and chemical markets. He will serve as a Senior Vice President leading the Risk Management and Insurance Solutions team on national and international complex risks.

Ms. Sanford joins Stephens as a Senior Vice President after spending 25 years at McGriff, Seibels & Williams and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. At both firms, she was responsible for the design and placement of national and international risk management accounts. Ms. Sanford will specialize in the energy, infrastructure, private equity and chemical markets for Stephens Insurance.

Mr. Kennedy also joins the firm from McGriff Seibels & Williams where he advised clients in the energy, infrastructure and chemical verticals. He brings significant experience in private equity diligence and placement of non ‘main-street’ risks. Mr. Kennedy will serve as a Vice President, focusing on national and international accounts.

Ms. Hall will oversee energy, infrastructure, private equity and chemical clients as an account manager. Prior to her time with Stephens, Ms. Hall spent 17 years at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, where she was responsible for the servicing of large national and international accounts within the commercial accounts division.

Mr. Rhodes noted, “The team’s expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors and top-quality risk management backgrounds will provide our insurance clients with unmatched counsel, adding to the overall growth of the firm’s capabilities across a variety of sectors.”

The Stephens Insurance Birmingham office address is at 420 N. 20th St., Suite 2200, Birmingham, AL, 35203, phone number 1 (888) 731-1364.

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. We currently have 165 associates throughout our network of offices in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Dallas, Austin, Jackson, Houston, and most recently Birmingham. For more information, visit

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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