A veteran branch manager with more than 30 years experience has joined regional brokerage Stephens, the firm said.

Robert Durham joined the Private Client Group at Stephens as branch manager of Atlanta office, according to the firm. Durham's responsibilities include oversight of growth initiatives in the Atlanta market.

Robert Durham's career goes back to 1980 when he started with Merrill Lynch.

“Since opening Stephens Private Client Group office in Atlanta in 2011, we have continued to see significant growth opportunities in the area,” said Kevin Scanlon, director of the Private Client Group.

Durham's career goes back to 1980 when he started with Merrill Lynch. He has since worked for PaineWebber, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, according to FINRA BrokerCheck records. He moved to Stephens after a brief stint with Wells Fargo this year, BrokerCheck records show. A spokeswoman for Wells confirmed his departure from the wirehouse.

A spokeswoman for Stephens says Durham's time with Wells ended up amounting to less than 90 days when he decided to move to the regional firm. Durham, in a statement from Stephens, said he was looking forward to being part of a team "whose culture values relationships and understands the importance of a long-term view.”

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