Private Wealth Management

James C. Aughenbaugh II, CPM®

Branch Manager, Senior Vice President

Direct: (214) 258-2741

Philosophy & Approach

James joined Stephens in 2013 and has over 25 years of experience advising clients in all aspects of their wealth management needs. According to James, “My mission is to operate with my clients’ best interests and overall goals in mind so I can develop and execute strategic plans that reflect their needs. My background, experience, and training as a Certified Portfolio Manager have taught me how to navigate and manage these plans in various market conditions.”

Kerry McGauran, a registered sales assistant, supports James.

Experience & Education

Prior to joining Stephens, James was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Smith Barney Inc. and its successor, Morgan Stanley, and a First Vice President at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management with a minor in Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio. Additionally, he completed Stephens University, an advanced wealth management program offered through Wake Forest University.

He is also a Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM®). The designation from the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers (ACPM), offered through Columbia University, provides a deeper understanding of fundamental security analysis, asset allocation, and portfolio management concepts. The core finance concepts include: quantitative methods, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, fixed income analysis, equity analysis, derivatives, and portfolio management.  


James gives back to his church as a volunteer on the finance committee and has previously served on the investment committee for the Carroll Education Foundation. James and his wife live in Southlake, Texas.

James is a member of the Financial Planning Association and has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, Texas Monthly and The Wall Street Journal

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