With more than two decades of executive experience in the financial services industry, Stephen Susano provides clients with a broad corporate perspective including strategic counsel on business opportunities and project management, regulatory matters, procurement, economic development, third-party engagement, and market positioning. Stephen leverages his private-sector expertise and deep network of relationships with business leaders and key policymakers in state and local government across Tennessee to deliver solutions for clients in multiple industries.

Prior to joining Stones River Group, Stephen served as a co-founder and Executive Director of the Tennessee Business Partnership (TBP), an advocacy organization supported by many of the state’s leading enterprises. At TBP, Stephen spearheaded efforts to advance pro-business policies, including education and judicial reforms, to encourage state job growth and economic development. 

In 2014, Stephen led the “Vote Yes on 2” campaign in support of the Judicial Selection Amendment to the Tennessee constitution. Stephen built a diverse and broad coalition of business groups, associations and community leaders in favor of the amendment. This coalition’s successful mobilization helped ensure the amendment was approved with overwhelming support, carrying 94 out of 95 counties in Tennessee.

During Stephen’s extensive career in financial services, he served in operating and business development roles for investment advisers, asset managers, and hedge funds including North Asset Management, Steben & Company, Innovative Options Management, Raymond James, Advanced Investment Partners, and Eagle Asset Management. He has consulted with and raised capital for both U.S. and foreign-based investment firms, and has negotiated distribution and trading agreements with multiple companies including Goldman Sachs, UBS, Newedge Group, and Smith Barney. Through his work, Stephen navigated regulatory regimes in domestic and offshore jurisdictions including serving as board chairman for a BVI-domiciled entity.

Get to know Stephen...

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Grew up in Knoxville, TN; Lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife and four children

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B.A., Economics, the University of St. Thomas

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Leverages his extensive business career and broad network of influencers to help clients identify opportunities for growth and develop effective strategies

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Serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Downtown Partnership and as a senior advisor to FourBridges Capital Advisors


Spends each spring at the baseball field with his son