Vining Sparks is nationally recognized as a leading broker/dealer in serving the investment needs of institutional investors. The firm was started in 1981 by Jim Vining to serve the investment and asset/liability needs of community banks. Vining Sparks currently employs more than 300 people in 12 domestic offices and one in London. The firm has a strong presence in the banking industry and transacts securities business with more than 2,600 banks and savings & loans. The customer base additionally includes hundreds of other clients such as municipalities, money managers, trust departments, insurance companies, pension funds, and investment advisors. Vining Sparks has over $45 million in capital and an annual trading volume exceeding $250 billion with customers located in all 50 states and many foreign countries.