James Reynolds, Jr., CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital. Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: "To provide client service beyond expectations." The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm.
Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services.
A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds established and led the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk at PaineWebber in Chicago early in his career, and subsequently joined the Corporate and Institutional Client Group at Merrill Lynch, where he managed the municipal sales team responsible for the distribution of all tax-exempt products to institutions in the Midwest. In 1997, Mr. Reynolds collaborated with Albert R. Grace, Jr. to form Loop Capital, where he has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.
A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Mr. Reynolds currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago United, Get In Chicago, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and The University of Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Reynolds is Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and a member of the CFA Institute. In February 2013, he was chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the Public Safety Action Committee, which aims to prevent violence through intensive mentorship and intervention in the lives of at-risk youth. Previously, he was appointed to serve on the boards of World Business Chicago and The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority by the Mayor Emanuel in 2011.
Mr. Reynolds holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR in 1991 and holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.