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“We want to help you feel more confident about your financial future.”

– Ben James, Co-Founder


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Scott L. Deupree, CFP®

Financial Advisor, Cofounder

Scott L. Deupree, CFP®

Financial Advisor, Cofounder

P: 318.562.1030
E: scott@deupreejames.com


After working at Merrill Lynch for almost three decades, Scott and his partner, Ben James, decided to break off and form their very own privately-held and independent advisory firm to provide their clients with a broader range of financial advice and solutions.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (20 percent of planners hold this certification), Scott successfully completed three years of financial planning experience and six graduate school level courses, as well as passed a ten-hour exam that has a 63 percent pass rate. He also serves as a portfolio manager, offering personalized and defined strategies to achieve your investment objectives.  

Outside of work, Scott is a Volunteers of America (Northern Louisiana) board member and a former senior warden of the Vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. In his free time he enjoys mentoring students at Centenary College and spending time with his wife, Renee, and their two children, Ellis and Anne. A Shreveport, LA native, he obtained his finance degree from Louisiana State University.

Scott L. Deupree is registered to do business in AL, AR, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA and WV.



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Ben R. James, CIMA®

Financial Advisor, Cofounder

Ben R. James, CIMA®

Financial Advisor, Cofounder

P: 318.562.1031

E: ben@deupreejames.com 


Ben focuses on portfolio management, financial planning and microcap investing. Prior to co-founding Deupree James Wealth Management, he worked at Merrill Lynch for over a decade where he managed money for his team and others as a Senior Portfolio Manager. 

As a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (two percent of investors hold this certification), Ben completed three years of investing experience and passed two levels of certification exams (the average first-time pass rate is below 60 percent). Additionally, he attended and completed MIT Sloan School Executive Education coursework for Investment Management Theory and Practice. 

Graduating summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree, Ben later earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida. When he’s not at the office, he serves on the Care Pregnancy Center board and volunteers at the Shreveport Little League. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.


Benjamin Ryan James is registered to do business in AL, AR, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA and WV.



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Leslie M. Oakes

Financial Advisor

Leslie M. Oakes

Financial Advisor

P: 318.562.1034

E: leslie@deupreejames.com


Leslie joined our team at Merrill Lynch in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Louisiana State University. She also has a breadth of experience in operational management, marketing, and customer service.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys volunteering at the local children’s ministry and spending time with her husband, Brock, and their two daughters, Reide and Millie.


Leslie M. Oakes is registered to do business in AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA and WV.



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Kathryn L. Fontaine

Registered Administrative Representative

Kathryn L. Fontaine

Registered Administrative Representative

P: 318.562.1032

E: kathy@deupreejames.com


Kathy began her career in 1988 at Merrill Lynch. Throughout her years in the financial services industry, she’s been involved in every facet of client service.

When she’s not at the office, you can find Kathy cycling the back roads of DeSoto Parish with her husband, John.


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Susan I. Fontaine

Operations Manager

Susan I. Fontaine

Operations Manager

P: 318.562.1033

E: susan@deupreejames.com


Susan joined Deupree James Wealth Management in 2010 with an accounting degree from Louisiana State University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett, their son, Karl, and their two cats, Ringo and Grouchetta.