Howard Sparkman, a 17-year veteran of Morgan Keegan, has joined Wunderlich Securities in Dallas. Wunderlich opened a Private Client Group office in Dallas last year headed by Murray (Pap) Roark, another former financial advisor with Morgan Keegan.

Sparkman, who brings $115 million of client assets to Wunderlich, tells On Wall Street that Wunderlich “has the platform I was looking for. With Wunderlich’s flat management structure, it’s easier to get answers to clients’ questions.”

Sparkman focuses on fixed income, especially from energy-related companies. “There are excellent opportunities,” he says, “in master limited partnerships in the business of transporting raw and refined products.”

Other Wunderlich announcements:

-- In its Chicago office, Jay Hambleton has joined as vice president. A 30-year veteran familiar with options, institutional fixed income, and retail financial sales, Hambleton comes from Quasar Distributors and Orion Capital Management.

-- Also in Chicago, Michael Wing recently joined Wunderlich from Raymond James. He works with individuals, families, and small-business owners and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

-- James Gould, who was with Morgan Keegan's Institutional Fixed Income Department for 25 years, has joined Wunderlich's Memphis branch as a managing director. Gould also provides investment services to high net worth individuals.

-- In St. Louis, Mark Witthaus has joined Wunderlich. Witthaus also comes from Morgan Keegan, where he worked as a result of the Regions Bank/Union Planters merger in 2004.

Donald Jay Korn writes for On Wall Street.