Austin Gideon is an associate of The Stephens Group, LLC.
As an associate, Mr. Gideon assists the team building financial models, conducting due diligence, assessing industry and market trends and analyzing the financial strengths and risks of potential new investments and existing investments in portfolio companies.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, Mr. Gideon spent two years as an analyst in Harris Williams & Company’s San Francisco office focusing on M&A advisory. He was responsible for analyzing and executing mergers and acquisitions across a diverse range of businesses within the technology, healthcare and consumer sectors.
Mr. Gideon holds a B.S.C. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
Eric O’Brien is an associate of The Stephens Group, LLC.
Mr. O’Brien supports the investment activities of The Stephens Group. He focuses on analyzing new and existing investment opportunities, preparing detailed financial models, assessing industry and market trends, conducting due diligence and assisting portfolio company management teams.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, Mr. O’Brien was an associate in the Energy & Power Group at Harris Williams & Company focusing on M&A advisory assignments. He was responsible for analyzing, facilitating and executing mergers and acquisitions across a diverse range of businesses within the energy and power sector, including providers of oilfield equipment and services, industrial and infrastructure services, engineering and construction services and transmission and distribution products and services.
Mr. O’Brien holds a B.B.A. and a M.B.A. in Finance from The College of William & Mary.
Tim Trzebiatowski is a vice president of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He joined the firm in 2013 and is involved in the execution of transactions and provides support to the firm’s partner companies. His background incorporates roles in investment banking, private equity and operations, providing key competencies in overall corporate development.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, Mr. Trzebiatowski was a Senior Business Analyst for Dura-Line Holdings, Inc., a private equity-backed global manufacturer of HDPE conduit, duct and pressure pipe solutions for telecom, energy and infrastructure-related markets. His responsibilities included financial and strategic analysis for key business initiatives, as well as in-depth financial modeling and diligence process management.
Prior to joining Dura-Line, Mr. Trzebiatowski was a Senior Associate at Code Hennessy & Simmons (“CHS”), a private equity investment fund with over $2.5 billion under management. At CHS, he pursued buyout transactions and supported partner companies across a broad spectrum of sectors. Previously, Mr. Trzebiatowski was employed by RC2 Corp. in the Corporate Development and Business Strategy Group and Robert W. Baird in the Investment Banking Division.
He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Emon A. Mahony, Jr. serves as a special advisor to The Stephens Group, LLC.
As a special advisor, Mr. Mahony brings his oil and gas expertise combined with his extensive legal knowledge and corporate experience to The Stephens Group private equity team.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, Mr. Mahony served as Chairman of Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation, Commissioner of Arkansas Soil & Water Commission and Director of Alltel Corporation. He also served as a trustee for the Arkansas Nature Conservancy.
Currently, Mr. Mahony serves on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and has been a member of Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide group of leaders volunteering their time and resources to focus on how to move Arkansas forward in the 21st Century economy, since inception. In addition, he serves as President of Mahony Corporation and Managing Member of EAM Company, LLC.
Mr. Mahony attended Tulane University where he received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Juris Doctorate and received his Master of Laws from Stanford University.
Chris Kauffman serves as the vice president of finance and accounting for The Stephens Group, LLC.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, he practiced public accounting for 12 years with JPMS, Cox, PLLC, an accounting firm located in Little Rock, where he was a senior manager in its tax practice focusing on high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses. He has considerable expertise with partnerships, corporations, trusts and estates with particular emphasis in business acquisitions, healthcare, construction real estate, aviation taxation, political organizations and wealth transition issues. He also functioned as an outsourced CFO for several of the firm’s clients.
Mr. Kauffman attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Business & Administration in Accounting. He holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Debbie Evans Blough is a vice president and chief administrative officer of The Stephens Group, LLC.
Her focus is the analysis of companies’ human capital to access strengths, risks and financial implications.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, she spent 19 years as an executive with companies specializing in providing human resource services. She has also worked in the field of public accounting.
Ms. Blough currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Mount St. Mary Academy Corporation. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science from the University of Central Arkansas. She also holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in Arkansas.
Eric D. Summerhill is a principal of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He provides analysis and oversight of the firm’s public markets portfolio which encompasses a variety of asset classes. In his role, he establishes the tactical allocation of the portfolio based on long term market expectations and then analyzes and integrates individual securities and funds within that framework.
After beginning his career with the accounting and advisory firm of Ernst & Young, LLP, Mr. Summerhill previously served in other roles within The Stephens Group, including roles as an executive financial officer and advisor to various portfolio companies.
Mr. Summerhill is a CFA charterholder and holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in Arkansas. He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he obtained a B.A. in Accounting.
Bob Martin is an operating partner of The Stephens Group, LLC.
Mr. Martin brings his extensive executive experience in various industries including retail, international business and technology; all of which have been conducted both domestically and internationally. Bob has served in a number of operational leadership capacities. His most recent role was as the President and CEO of Wal-Mart International, where he led the development of their international business, during its most formative years.
He is well recognized for his visionary leadership and innovation in retail technology and for his global business experience. Mr. Martin is well traveled (over 91 countries) with operating experience across four continents.
He currently serves as the lead director for Gap Inc. and Conn’s, Inc., and a director for Continuum Energy, LLC and Shale-Inland Holdings. He is also on the board of various philanthropic organizations and has previously served as a director for Sabre Holdings, Inc., Edgewater, Guitar Center, Dillard Department Stores, Inc., Furniture Brands International, Solarwinds, Inc. and Vestcom International, Inc. Mr. Martin received his Honorary Doctorate from Southwest Baptist University in 1990.
Tom Hedrick is an operating partner of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He has been a private equity investor through his investment partnership, Dillon Joyce Ltd since 1995. Since that time he has participated in over 30 private investments, serving on the Board of Directors of more than half of those companies. As part of his partnership with The Stephens Group, Tom is an investor and board member of Firehost, Inc., Jefferson National Financial Corp., Pinnergy, Ltd., Spitzer Industries, Inc. and vXchnge Holdings, LLC. Tom also serves on the board of Miller Heiman, a sales force training company.
From 1987-2002, Tom was with McKinsey and Company, Inc. where he ended his tenure as a Director (senior partner). While at McKinsey, Tom was the managing partner of the Dallas office, a co-leader in the global high-tech practice and the leader of the Texas private equity practice. Tom began his career as an engineer at Exxon Company USA. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Over the past 20 years Tom has also been active in education initiatives including being President of the school board of the largest private elementary and middle school in Texas, strategy work for the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and serving on the advisory board of the Alliance for Catholic Education.
Steve Sims is an associate of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He focuses on analyzing a company’s historical operating and financial results to assess its strengths and risks in addition to working with management teams to develop projections corresponding to various business cases.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, Mr. Sims spent two years in the Energy and Power Group at Harris Williams & Company in Richmond, VA focusing on M&A advisory. As an analyst, he provided process execution, financial analysis, and sector research to assist management teams and senior bankers throughout the M&A process. He has advised a diverse range of businesses within the energy and power sector, including providers of oilfield products and services, transmission and distribution products and services, and transportation and logistics providers.
Mr. Sims attended Princeton University, where he received a B.A. in Economics.
Aaron Clark is a principal of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He joined the firm in 2006 as an associate after spending two years in the Corporate Finance department of Stephens Inc. He helps analyze, coordinate and execute many of the firm’s transactions while continuously supporting the firm’s partner companies.
Mr. Clark currently serves as a director of Bear State Financial, Buyers Protection Group, Inc., Firehost, Inc., Tierpoint, LLC and vXchnge Holdings, LLC. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he received a B.S.B.A in Financial Management/Investments.
Kent Sorrells is a managing director of The Stephens Group, LLC.
His strengths center on gaining a deep understanding of a management team’s strategy, thus combining his investment banking expertise with the resources of The Stephens Group to help partners drive growth, scale and profitability.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, he spent 14 years in the Corporate Finance department at Stephens Inc., where he served as managing director of the Power and Energy Solutions practice.
Most of his transactional experience has involved mid-sized companies posting $100 million to $600 million in sales, similar to the company size of The Stephens Group’s targeted investment partnerships. He has assisted or served as lead advisor on over $18 billion of mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings and private equity investment activity, covering both domestic and foreign companies and currently serves on the board of Spitzer Industries, Inc. He previously served as a director of BTEC Turbines, LP, Goodman Networks, Inc., SmartSignal Corporation, Vestcom International, Inc. and Viking Range Corporation. He also serves on the executive committee of the board of Our House, a non-profit based in Little Rock, Ark. assisting the working homeless through shelter and skill development, on the board of The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at Colorado University and on the board of MDM Honduras, a non-profit focused on educational and community development in rural Honduras.
Mr. Sorrells attended Colorado University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Bob Schulte is the chief financial officer of The Stephens Group, LLC.
Partners rely on his ability to devise practical solutions to complex tax and accounting issues, enabling them to accomplish their economic objectives with minimal tax implications.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, he served the combined Stephens family’s organization with oversight of the Stephens family’s tax and accounting matters, playing a role in almost every significant transaction in which the Stephens family has participated. Key projects include the acquisition of Donrey Media (now Stephens Media Group) in 1993 and the subsequent divestiture of its outdoor advertising cable division and small market newspapers and the acquisition of Gragg Field by Stephens Production Company in 2003.
Mr. Schulte currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Prodigy Health Supplier Corporation.
Mr. Schulte received a B.A. in Economics and Business from Hendrix College and holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in Arkansas.
James O. Jacoby, Jr. is a managing director of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He emphasizes close working relationships with management teams, positioning him to provide advice and resources that assist our partners in achieving their goals.
Prior to joining The Stephens Group, he was a managing director and head of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group within the Corporate Finance department at Stephens Inc., where he served as a board member or had oversight of companies such as United Medical, Inc., Vascular Solutions, Inc., Neucoll, Inc. and Precision Therapeutics, Inc. Before joining Stephens in 1994, he was a vice president in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Chemical Bank in its New York and London offices.
He has served as advisor on over $4 billion of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions and has helped identify a number of private equity investments in the healthcare sector. Jim currently serves as a director of NSC Minerals Ltd. and Shale-Inland Holdings. He also oversees investments in Lisbon Valley Mining Company, LLC, ProTransport-1, Quadriga Art, LLC and Universal Fiber Systems. He was actively involved in several past portfolio companies including Centra Industries, Inc., Multi-Shot, LLC, Prism Pharmaceuticals and Reach Air Medical Services.
Mr. Jacoby received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ron Clark is chief operating officer and general counsel of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He offers partners the benefit of his extensive experience in advising large, closely-held businesses on tax law, merger & acquisition and other critical issues.Prior to joining The Stephens Group, he practiced law for 26 years with Rose Law Firm, a Professional Association located in Little Rock, where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on corporate and partnership taxation. As the law firm’s chief executive officer for 13 years, he also enhanced his understanding of the management side of business.
He has been counsel on both the buy and sell side of some of Arkansas’ largest private transactions. While in private practice, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America under the Tax Law category and in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under the Corporate/M&A category.
He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is a member and chairman of the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. He is also a member of the board of directors of Continuum Energy, LLC, Kodiak Gas Services, LLC and vXchnge Holdings, LLC. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he received both his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Clark also holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in Arkansas.
Jon Jacoby is a vice chairman and senior managing director of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He specializes in the creation of imaginative financial structures that accommodate the needs of all parties to a transaction as the basis of an ongoing partnership dedicated to value creation. Previously, as part of the combined Stephens family organization for 43 years, he served as assistant to the president, vice president and head of Corporate Finance; executive vice president; head of Special Investments; chief financial officer; a member of the Executive Committee; and vice chairman of the board.
Mr. Jacoby has acted as the primary representative of the Stephens family in numerous transactions, including the formation of Systematics in 1968 and its merger into Alltel in 1991; the sale of Union Life Insurance Company to the Ray Hunt interests in 1981; the acquisition of Atlantic Oil in 1983; the acquisition of Leisure Lodges and subsequent combination with Beverly Enterprises; the sale of Leisure Arts to Time Warner in 1992; and the acquisition of controlling interest in Micro-Flo and its sale to BASF Corp in 2000.
Mr. Jacoby currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies and one publicly-held corporation: Conn’s Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Geology and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Craig Campbell is a vice chairman of The Stephens Group, LLC.
He has worked for Stephens Inc. and SF Holding Corp. for 30 years in many roles, including 10 years as executive assistant to the late Jack Stephens. He also served for 25 years on the board of SF Holding Corp.
Mr. Campbell is former chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; a trustee of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; a member of the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association Board; a board member of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute/University of Arkansas System; and a board member of several private companies. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Elizabeth Campbell is a co-founder and co-chairman of The Stephens Group, LLC.
Daughter of the legendary financier, W.R. “Witt” Stephens, Sr., Campbell previously spent over 25 years working with the combined Stephens family businesses. Through her volunteer work with local health care and educational institutions as well as nonprofit organizations, she has participated in multiple financings for these institutions and their facilities.
Witt Stephens, Jr. is a co-founder of The Stephens Group, LLC and serves as chief executive officer and co-chairman.
He has earned a reputation for his ability to partner effectively with management teams, imparting vision and a sense of purpose while empowering them with the resources needed to create value over the long term.
Previously, as part of the combined Stephens family organization, he served as assistant to Witt Stephens, Sr.; assistant to Jackson T. Stephens; senior vice president of Stephens Production Company; vice chairman of SF Holding Corp.; a member of the Executive Committee; and a director of the board.
Since 2000, he has overseen the combined Stephens family’s energy and natural resource investment activities. Since 1991, he has helped the management team of Stephens Production Company, a wholly owned Stephens subsidiary and one of the nation’s largest privately held exploration and production companies, as it expanded its exploration and production activities from the Arkoma basin to the Western Anadarko basin, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, South Texas and Louisiana. He has worked with the management team of Stephens Production Company to grow the company’s reserve base through active exploration and the acquisition of reserves. He has also been active with numerous energy and natural resource related investments made by the combined Stephens families.
Mr. Stephens currently serves on the boards of several private companies and non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Finance and Management.
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