Our Company

Who Are We?

For nearly 3 decades, Center Street Securities has stood at the crossroads of financial decision making, linking the investment professionals and the clients of ‘Main Street’ to the world class investments and client services you find on ‘Wall Street.’ Offering a vast array of traditional and alternative opportunities to investors of all levels, while keeping in touch with their heart for southern hospitality.

Our Story

Center Street Securities, Inc., member FINRA, SIPC is an Independent Securities Broker/ Dealer with branch offices throughout the United States. Through its registered representatives and their branch offices, Center Street is able to offer an extensive range of investment products and securities to investors. Center Street’s main office for operations is located in Tennessee with additional operations offices in Virginia and Louisiana and branch offices in over 40 states. So why the name “Center Street”? We like to think of ourselves as the figurative “road” that links “Main Street” -our investment professionals and their clients, to “Wall Street”.

In other words, we strive to bring world class investments and client service to investors of all levels, and do so with a touch of southern hospitality and “down home” common sense. The company was founded in Louisiana in 1991 to serve investors in its local area. Since then we have grown from one office with two employees, to a firm with branch offices all across America. As we have grown, we have continually added products and services to benefit our Registered Reps and their clients. As Center Street Securities enters its third decade of serving our reps and their clients, we invite you to get to know us. We think you will like what you discover at Center Street.

The evolution of Center Street Securities, Inc.

1990

Beginnings

Center Street Securities originally got its start under a different name and was formed and located in New Orleans, Louisiana under the name “Elliott Financial Services”

1991

10 Brokers

Received membership into the NASD (now FINRA) and was operated as a small independent securities broker dealer with less than 10 brokers. Continued until 2005.

2005

Tragedy Strikes

Tragedy strikes – New Orleans, including our offices were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In order to continue business as usual, operations were moved off site.

2007

New Name

J.R. Thacker purchased and moved its offices to Bristol, VA. Lines of business expanded and technology improved and brokerage was renamed, “Center Street Securities.”

2009

100 Brokers

Moved to Nashville, TN. J.R. Thacker remained as President & CEO and grew to over 100 brokers in 40 different states

2013

Expanding

A big year, Three additional subsidiaries were formed under Center Street Holdings Inc. in order to expand and grow the firm’s products and services offered to its clients.

2021

Arete Wealth

In its largest transaction to date, Arete Wealth acquired Center Street Securities. Center Street remains a business unit of the parent company. Following the acquisition, Arete Wealth grew to $5.5B in AUM and 265 registered representatives nationwide. The deal does much to strengthen Arete Wealth’s industry-leading position as investors’ premier choice for alternative investments.

The Catalyst for our Success

Our Core Values.
We know that true, long-term success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It’s from what you do consistently. The essence of Integrity is doing the right thing, consistently. Integrity is a common thread we can trace through all the elements of our core values.

Ethics & Integrity

The thread begins here. Do the right thing. Always.

Honor & Respect

Treat others how you want to be treated. It’s Simple.

Communication & Teamwork

Be open to ideas and share complete information.

Accountability & Candor

Keep your commitments. Live with transparency.

Purpose & Vision

Don’t move blindly. Plan for success. We have a map.

Insight & Wisdom

Use experience to evolve and discern for the future.

Ethics & Integrity

Communication & Teamwork

Insight & Wisdom

Honor & Respect

Accountability & Candor

Purpose & Vision

So why the name, “Center Street?

We like to think of ourselves as the figurative “road” that links “Main Street” -our investment professionals and their clients, to “Wall Street”. In other words, we strive to bring world class investments and client service to investors of all levels, and do so with a touch of southern hospitality and “down home” common sense.

Be the Hero In the Trenches of the Financial Industry.