Loyola University Chicago

Commencement

James Reynolds Jr.

Arrupe College

James Reynolds Jr.

Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Loop Capital Markets

James Reynolds Jr. is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Loop Capital, an investment banking firm. He started Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide—"To provide client service beyond expectations"—which continues to drive the firm’s approach to business. He currently oversees all aspects of the firm, including investment banking, brokerage, and financial advisory services.

A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Reynolds held senior-level positions at several global Wall Street firms prior to founding Loop Capital, which was then a municipal bond firm. Since then, Loop Capital has grown into one of the most dynamic and diversified investment banking firms in the country, expanding into corporate finance, global equity trading, taxable fixed-income trading, tax-exempt fixed-income trading, mergers and acquisitions, public finance, infrastructure investment, and financial consulting. As chairman and CEO, Reynolds spearheaded the accelerated growth and diversification of the firm, which is now one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.

A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Reynolds currently serves on the boards of Avant, the Chicago Community Trust, Chicago United, Pangea Properties, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and World Business Chicago. Additionally, he is vice chair of the board of directors for the Chicago Urban League and a member of the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals. In February 2013, he was selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the board of Get IN Chicago, which aims to prevent violence through intensive mentorship and intervention in the lives of at-risk youth. In May 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed him to serve on the Intersect Illinois Board, a resource for doing business in Illinois.

Past affiliations have included serving as a director of the Chicago Housing Authority and as a board member for the Illinois Economic Development Board, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, Chicago State University, the Chicago Zoological Society, the Youth Leadership Foundation, ETA Theatre, City Year, the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Chicago Summer Business Institute. Additionally, Reynolds served as president of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, an influential organization of African American business leaders in Chicago.

Reynolds holds a Master’s 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 Association for Investment Management and Research in 1991 and holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.