Jackson T. Stephens, right, and Warren A. Stephens at the opening of The First Tee of Central Arkansas: Jackson T. Stephens Youth Golf Academy in 2001. This event was attended by former President George H. W. Bush, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and former PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. (Photo Courtesy: Stephens Family)
Jackson T. Stephens and Warren A. Stephens
Jackson T. Stephens, affectionately known as Jack, was an extraordinary man. An astute investor, philanthropist, sportsman and avid golfer, Jack took up the game of golf later in life at age 36. He served as the fourth Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 1991-1998. Jack was drawn to the principles of the game of golf in the life lessons it taught him. To be successful in both, one must have character, be disciplined, and devote time to practice.
Warren Stephens, Jack’s son, joined his father in the investment banking business in 1981 and became President and CEO of Stephens Inc. in 1986. He continues in that role, including Chairman, as the second generation of leadership in the 89 year old firm. Warren is the Jackson T. Stephens Cup tournament Chairman and founder. When speaking about the event, Warren stated: “Our goal is to create a distinctive and highly-competitive collegiate tournament that is comprised of tomorrow’s PGA TOUR and LPGA stars playing some of the country’s premier golf courses. Dad really enjoyed following amateur golf, especially at the college level. Therefore, he would be very humbled and proud that this tournament is named in his honor.”
Call Me Jack
Learn more about the Jackson “Jack” T. Stephens in this documentary about his legacy in the world of golf and his community.