Incorporated March 1985 in Dallas, Texas, Stephens Little Inc. was formed through a management buyout of a previous firm which was founded in 1978. The majority of Stephens Little ownership was held by Bob Trost, nicknamed ‘Dean of Recruiting,’ and Dennis Little. Previously the owner of a search firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bob earned his reputation due to his successful track record and loyalty shown by his clients. He remained a stockholder and integral part of the company until his retirement in 1998. Dennis Little became President of Stephens Little in 1990 and added the CEO title in 1998.