University of Southern California

Brent Stevens
Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman
Company: 
Jefferies & Company, Inc

Brent Stevens is an Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman at Jefferies & Company, Inc. Brent is also the Co-Chairman of the Investment Banking Executive Committee. He heads the firm’s Leveraged Finance & High Yield Capital Markets Group.

Stevens joined Jefferies in 1990 to help build the firm’s investment banking practice.

Brent’s specific contribution to the success of Jefferies’ investment bank has been in his role as Head of the Leveraged Finance & High Yield Capital Markets Group, which encompasses high yield underwriting and senior lending facilities.

In addition to his senior responsibilities at Jefferies, Brent founded Peninsula Gaming in 1997 and remains the controlling shareholder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Peninsula Gaming began as a modest riverboat operation in Eastern Iowa and is now one of the fastest growing companies in the gaming sector with over 2000 employees and $250 million in annual revenues. For a time, Brent was also a primary investor and owner of Boudin Breads, a highly successful bread retailer and restaurant, which he helped to lead out of bankruptcy.

Brent is a current supporter and benefactor of the University of Southern California (USC) and on the global front is assisting his local church in the development of a leadership training center in Zimbabwe. Brent received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 1989 and his BA in Accounting at USC. After graduating from USC, he worked at KMPG for three years, where he earned his CPA.