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Phillip Butterfield

Phillip Butterfield, 33

Senior Vice President/Financial Adviser

Stephens Inc.

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Attained Certified Financial Planner Professional designation in 2018.
• Youngest senior vice president in the Stephens Private Client Group.
• Arkansas Business 20 in Their 20s Class of 2018.
• Arkansas State University Emerging Alumni Class of 2021.

Community involvement
Board member of Arkansas State University System Foundation; mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas; member of Arkansas State Letterman’s Club and avid supporter of Arkansas State University athletics and academics.

First job and lesson learned
“Working at a small grocery store in Hot Springs in high school. Making minimum wage stocking shelves and sweeping floors can humble some people. However, I really enjoyed it and learned that taking pride in your work, regardless of the level of responsibilities you have, is key to making progress in your career.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“When I assist clients toward their financial and life goals, that makes every day a blast.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Don’t take anything for granted, and treat every day as a gift. When you keep a high level of integrity and surround yourself with like-minded people, good things can happen.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Make sure to be grateful for those who have helped you along the way.”

One word to describe you

Professional inspiration
“Strive to be the absolute best I can be on a daily basis and continue to surround myself with great teammates.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“National branding seems to be a hurdle. Arkansas may be considered a flyover state by some around the country, but there is no doubt that when someone visits Arkansas for the first time, their view of our great state flips. Our state offers everything needed to build a successful career and have a great family life and social balance. Continuing to tell the world about the advantages of being an Arkansan will be key for us going forward.”

Learning from a mentor
“I’ve been fortunate to have countless mentors along different stages of life, but my parents have to be at the forefront. My parents have taught me how you treat anyone and everyone, combined with a disciplined work ethic and focus toward your goals, will pay dividends in life.”

Most valuable lesson
“In any business, and especially in the financial services industry, relationships are built on trust, through judgment and a high level of integrity. Being at a company like Stephens, which keeps that mindset at the forefront every day, provides countless opportunities for myself and my clients.”

Professional “aha” moment
“Within my first month of being a financial consultant, I started working with a woman who had just lost her husband and was lost. We took our time and dove into her situation, then created a custom strategy for her and made sure it was easy to understand. You could see her peace of mind completely change from our first meeting to our second meeting. Knowing the impact that made in her life gave me confidence that this was the right industry for me.”

Career dream as a child
“NFL quarterback.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Making sure that young professionals know Arkansas is a place they can climb up the ladder quickly. People in our communities want to help you take steps forward in your career.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“As cliche as it may be, the people are the differentiator for our great state. The kindness and helpfulness we see every day are incredible.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Continuing to build a career and family with the best teammate I’ve ever had, my wife, Brittany.”

How you define success
“I would define success as having fulfillment in your career while working with great people on a daily basis, but having a life balance to make sure your home life remains at the top of the priority list.”


40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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