Serving successful families and business owners across generations
The Curtis Team provides customized strategies designed to help you grow and preserve your wealth for you and your family for generations to come. We specialize in helping our clients develop a comprehensive, cohesive financial strategy that suits their unique needs and helps them to pursue both short- and long-term strategies.
Kelley Dunlap Named
Forbes’ Best-in-State Women Wealth Advisors, February 4, 2022 and February 2, 2023, each based on the 12-month period ending September 30 of the year prior to publication, and Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, April 7, 2022, based on the 12-month period ending June 30 of the year prior to publication, are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and selected from a pool of nominations as indicated in the methodology. Neither SHOOK Research nor Forbes receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. The rankings may not be representative of any one client’s experience and are not indicative of the financial advisor’s future performance. Investment performance is not a criterion for selection. Forbes is a registered trademark of Forbes, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information on the selection methodology, see www.stifel.info/award-disclosures.
Dennis (DJ) Curtis, Jr. Named
Forbes’ Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisors, August 3, 2022, based on the 12-month period ending March 31 of the year in which published, and Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, April 7, 2022, based on the 12-month period ending June 30 of the year prior to publication. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and selected from a pool of nominations as indicated in the methodology. Neither SHOOK Research nor Forbes receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. The rankings may not be representative of any one client’s experience and are not indicative of the financial advisor’s future performance. Investment performance is not a criterion for selection. Forbes is a registered trademark of Forbes, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information on the selection methodology, see www.stifel.info/award-disclosures.
Senior Vice President/Investments; Branch Manager
DJ is Senior Vice President/Investments and Branch Manager with Stifel and co-founder of The Curtis Team. He began his investment career in 2006 and joined Stifel in 2011. He and his team provide comprehensive, consultative investment planning, risk management, and wealth management strategies to affluent families and institutions. DJ focuses on assisting private business owners with in-depth pre-transaction planning and key decisions regarding multi-generational wealth. He takes an active role in facilitating family meetings and discussions surrounding family governance and the education and preparation of the next generation as future stewards of the family’s wealth.
DJ was named to Forbes’ 2022 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list, which spotlights more than 5,000 top-performing advisors, and to Forbes’ 2022 Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors. He is also a member of the Stifel Chairman’s Council, which consisted of 378 of the firm’s top-producing financial advisors for 2021, who were recognized from among approximately 2,300 Stifel financial advisors nationwide.
DJ holds the Chartered Life Underwriter® and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ designations and earned a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He resides in Little Rock with his wife, Rachael, and their two young sons. He enjoys spending time competing in golf tournaments, hiking, and following his two favorite teams, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Outside of work and outdoor adventures, he and Rachael both share a passion to serve the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation here in Central Arkansas. He also volunteers his time to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Senior Vice President/Investments
Since 2002, Kelley has helped develop personalized strategies to address the complex needs of affluent families. She also works closely with her clients’ trusted tax professionals and attorneys to help her clients manage their assets. A large majority of those families are business owners, and The Curtis Team understands how the success of a well-thought-out retirement plan may have a significant impact on their business.
Utilizing the knowledge she gained in earning the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ designation, Kelley assists business owners in developing a retirement plan tailored to their needs. She first analyzes their current plan, and then prices non-proprietary vendor options. She then focuses on working with the business owner on plan implementation, employee communication initiatives, fee analysis, and periodic investment review.
In 2022, Kelley was named to Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors List, to Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors List, and to Stifel’s prestigious Chairman’s Council.
Kelley graduated from the University of Arkansas, where she was a member of Chi Omega. She lives in Little Rock along with her husband, Bryan, and their two young boys. When Kelley isn’t spending time with her family, she is active with her church, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, and a Junior League of Little Rock Sustainer board member.
Registered Client Service Associate
Robin joined The Curtis Team in 2018 and serves as the team’s service leader. Beginning her financial services career in 1993, she offers a distinctive blend of professional and personal service. She shares in our commitment to client service and has an individualized approach to each of the team’s clients and their families. She is responsible for the team’s administrative duties, including ongoing client support and online services.
Robin attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. Outside the office, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking with her German Shepherd, Sheba, and spending time with family and friends.
Registered Client Service Associate
Denise began her financial services career in 1989 and joined The Curtis Team in 2019. As onboarding liaison, she assists the team with various administrative duties, including opening new accounts and scheduling reviews. She brings a personal touch to client service and appreciates the preferences of each of the team’s clients and their families. She is also responsible for marketing and event planning and strives to find new ways to show how the team values their clients.
Denise earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.
Denise and her husband, Kyle, have two grown sons, Mitch, and Jacob. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
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