Founders Expands Dallas Office, Hires Experienced Banker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (December 10, 2019) – Founders Advisors today announced that Sterling Smith has joined its firm as Managing Director in the Dallas office.  Sterling has over 20 years of professional services and senior management experience derived from working with company owners, management teams and board of directors as an investment banker, public accountant and manager and consultant within the human resource benefits industry.

“We are excited to have Sterling join Founders and grow our Dallas office,” said Duane Donner, Founders’ CEO and Founder. “We are very excited to grow our Dallas office and have a dedicated managing director for business services clients. Sterling’s experience and expertise combined with Founders’ talented analytical team and process driven solutions, will allow us to raise the level of service for lower middle-market business services companies.”

Prior to joining Founders, Sterling was the Director of distribution and corporate venture activities for a human resource benefits consulting firm. He was a Senior Vice President with Stephens Inc., where he co-founded and co-managed its financial sponsors coverage group from Fall 2007 to Spring 2011 and then built and managed an information technology and services industry practice from Spring 2011 to 2015. Sterling began his investment banking career with Houlihan in 2003 as an Associate and worked for the company for two and half years.

“Founders has served a lot of business service companies over the years, but this new hire demonstrates our continued commitment to serving lower middle-market companies in the sector and hiring talented professionals to that end,” said Wesley Legg, President at Founders.

Sterling received his Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors and Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business in 1996 and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business in 2003.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder and licensed Certified Public Accountant (Texas).