The Strength of Advice®

1,400 employees. 101 offices. 28 states.

At D.A. Davidson Companies, we believe there is only one way to navigate through the wealth of financial services options: straightforward. We offer clear strategies with smart, personalized solutions that match your goals and show you the path to achieve them. We’re with you every step of the way — leveraging our nationally-recognized research, capital market and investment banking expertise, and the largest full-service investment firm headquartered in the Northwest. Our personal approach is rooted in the values, stability, and discipline of our 85-year-old employee-owned company that is as independent as you are.



2020 Annual Report

We have learned a lot from our 85 years in business, and 2020 was no exception. We pride ourselves on our ability to address challenges in stride, support one another toward a common goal, and work together both within and across business lines. In this report, we highlight a few of the many teams who continue to make our company a success — remembering that the biggest team of all is our partnership with our firm and our clients.

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2020 Annual Report



Our History

  • 1935-1941

    David Adams Davidson opens branch of E.J. Gibson in Great Falls, MT. In 1941 Davidson buys majority stock of E.J. Gibson and moves headquarters to Great Falls.

  • 1958-1959

    D.A. Davidson’s son, Ian B. Davidson, joins as third Gibson employee. Gibson Associates is renamed D.A. Davidson & Co.

  • 1975

    D.A. Davidson & Co. buys Financial Aims Corporation, a financial planning firm.

  • 1986

    D.A. Davidson continues growing and acquires a trust firm, later naming it Davidson Trust Co.

  • 1998

    D.A. Davidson acquires Jensen Securities, specializing in equity research and institutional sales.

  • 2002-2004

    D.A. Davidson expands into Denver, Colorado with a capital markets office. Now capital markets spans coast to coast.

  • 2005

    D.A. Davidson celebrates 70th year in business and buys assets of the Kirkpatrick Pettis companies, specializing in fixed income services.

  • 2009

    D.A. Davidson acquires Ruan Securities, a fixed income firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • 2012

    D.A. Davidson acquires McGladrey Capital Markets, adding offices in Costa Mesa and Chicago, and acquires SeaCap Investment Advisors based in Seattle.

  • 2013

    D.A. Davidson & Co. merges with Crowell, Weedon & Co., a full-service brokerage with offices spanning Southern California.

  • 2016

    D.A. Davidson acquires SMITH HAYES, expanding the firm’s presence in Nebraska. Our new mark, the bison, pays tribute to D.A. Davidson’s past while the sunburst represents promise of the future.

  • 2017

    Company launches D.A. Davidson Day, an annual company-wide day of community volunteer work.

  • 2019

    D.A. Davidson acquires Wells Nelson & Associates, a public finance and wealth management firm with offices in Oklahoma and Texas.

  • 2021

    D.A. Davidson acquires Marlin & Associates, an investment bank serving clients and investors across the financial technology and data & analytics industries. The combination creates one of the most active technology middle-market investment banking groups in the U.S.