Stephens Inc. of Little Rock has named Leigh Ann Biernat as executive vice president and head of the financial services firm's public finance practice effective Jan. 1.
She follows Dennis Hunt, who is retiring at the end of the year after leading the public finance practice since 2015. Hunt has been with Stephens for more than 30 years.
“Public Finance was core to Stephens' foundation and remains a pillar of our success,” Warren Stephens, president and CEO of the company, said in a news release. “Since taking over leadership, Dennis’ strategic plan for Public Finance has created considerable value to our clients. Dennis saw opportunities in key Southern markets and built a team of bankers who remain solid resources for the communities where we live and serve.”
Biernat joined the firm as a member of its public finance department in 2015 and works with issuers of taxable and tax-exempt financings as both underwriter and financial advisor. Prior to Stephens, she held senior management roles in both state and local government, where she was responsible for issuing and administering a variety of bonds.
"Leigh Ann is perfectly situated to increase our market share by helping more and more communities realize their potential," Hunt said.
Biernat is a CPA, a registered municipal advisor representative, municipal securities representative, registered investment advisor and a registered uniform state law securities agent.