Our Team

Thomas D. Sanders, CLU, MSFS

1509 Mart Drive, Suite B
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501) 666-0302

In 1990 Tom founded the firm that is now First Financial Services. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer of Union Life Insurance Company. Under his leadership First Financial has grown from a one person firm with a few clients to a firm with seven experienced advisors and several hundred clients. In addition to helping clients with estate conservation and retirement planning Tom serves as an instructor for Life at its Best, a retirement class developed by First Financial advisors and conducted at educational institutions throughout Arkansas. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Investments, Inc., and Old Surety Life Insurance Company.

Tom holds a Mastersí Degree in Financial Services(MSFS) from The American College and is a Chartered Life Underwriter(CLU). He is a Registered Representative, series 7, and a Registered Principal, series 24, and holds security and insurance licenses in Arkansas and 24 other states.

He and his wife, Kathy, have six children and thirteen grandchildren and are active in church and charitable activities. Tom loves fly fishing at the family compound on the White River and playing golf.

Steve Sanders | Financial Advisor

1509 Mart Drive, Suite B
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501) 666-0302

Steve joined First Financial Services in 2012 after a 15+ year career as a Senior Stock Analyst/Managing Director at Stephens Inc.  During his tenure at Stephens Inc., he continually published detailed stock and industry research reports primarily targeted to leading institutional money managers in the United States, Canada and Europe. His primary areas of focus were Electrical/Industrial Equipment, Alternative Energy Technology and Property & Casualty Insurance.  

Steve has a BA in Economics from Westminster College, Fulton, MO and holds the Series 24, 7, 86, 87, 63 and 66 as well as an Arkansas license for Life and Health Insurance.

Steve enjoys spending time with his children, is active in his church and is an enthusiastic participant in many outdoor activities.

F. John Deuschle, III

John graduated from Little Rock Catholic High School, attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from the University of Arkansas. He has twenty-eight years of experience in investment banking and asset management including Corporate Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Structuring/Origination, Fixed Income, Private and Public Equity, Derivatives, Sales and Trading, Investment Management, Research Analysis, Financial Planning and Life Insurance.

John began his career with Lehman Brothers (New York and Dallas), followed by Bank of America (Charlotte), HSBC (National Sales Manager, New York), and Stephens, Inc. (Little Rock/New York), before forming Deuschle Capital Management in 2007. John joined First Financial Services in 2016.

John serves on numerous boards and community outreach programs including The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, Catholic High School for Boys Foundation (previous President; Finance Committee Chairman), Ducks Unlimited Investment Sub-committees U.S./Canada. He is an Eagle Scout.

He has exemplary core values and work ethic backed by his integrity and faith. John and his wife Ginny have four daughters, Starr, Lila, Blakeslee and Hollis

Donald G. Baker, CLU, ChFC

3201-1 SW Regency Parkway
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 271-9952

With a financial services career that dates from 1974 Don is one of the firms most experienced advisors. His expertise in estate conservation, business and retirement planning and education has provided him with a well-earned reputation as a trusted advisor. He is one of the creators and instructors for First Financialís retirement class, Life at its Best. Over the years he has been active in a number of industry organizations.

Don is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Chartered Financial Consultant(ChFC) and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Don and his wife, Mary, have two children and three grandchildren. They are active members of their local church and also involved in civic and social activities. Don is an avid exotic automobile enthusiast and loves to play golf when time permits.

Larry Gill

23 E. 9th Street, Suite 221
Shawnee, OK 74801
Phone: (405) 273-8200

With more than 35 years of helping his clients grow wealth and protect their families Larry now specializes in retirement and estate planning. An active participant in his industry he has served as President of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and also served as its Ethics Chairman.

A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration Larry was a member of the university tennis team. He is a Viet Nam veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a Signal Officer in the U.S. Army. He is a registered representative, series 6 and a licensed insurance agent.

Larry and his wife, Diane, live in Shawnee, Oklahoma and have traveled extensively. Larry is an equestrian endurance rider, a bow hunter, fly fisherman and enjoys wilderness camping and trail riding.

Kristi Hopkins

1509 Mart Drive, Suite B
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501) 666-0302

Kristi is located at the firmís Supervisory Branch in Little Rock. She acts as a liaison between clients and advisors to ensure clientsí needs are addressed fully and promptly. She also provides administrative support for the branch offices in Oklahoma and North West Arkansas.

With over ten years of professional administrative experience she has a genuine interest in serving and meeting client needs and is focused on providing excellent customer service and advisor support.

Kristi attended the University of Central Arkansas where she studied Business Administration. She volunteers with several non-profit organizations and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. She and her husband, Ben, are the proud parents of three teenagers.