SIFMA Announces James Reynolds, Jr. as New Chair of Board of Directors

Ken Cella to Become Chair-Elect

Washington, D.C., July 21, 2022 – Today, SIFMA announced James Reynolds, Jr., chairman and CEO of Loop Capital Markets LLC, has been elected as chair of the Board of Directors.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this position of leadership,” said Reynolds. “I look forward to working collaboratively with SIFMA’s ecosystem of board members, stakeholders, and its community of supporters to further the mission of this esteemed organization.”

Reynolds previously served as vice chair and chair-elect since November 2020 and succeeds Thomas Pluta.

“I am pleased to welcome Jim Reynolds as the new chair of SIFMA’s Board of Directors,” said Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., president and CEO of SIFMA. “Jim is a successful and seasoned industry executive and will be an outstanding leader for SIFMA and our members.”

“Jim has served as part of our Board leadership team for the past two years and is well positioned to assume this new role,” Bentsen continued. “I also want to thank Tom Pluta for his service as chair and a director on SIFMA’s board.”

Ken Cella, principal of branch development at Edward Jones, will become chair-elect.

About Jim Reynolds

James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, chairman, and CEO of Loop Capital. He founded Loop Capital in 1997 and currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage, project finance, financial advisory services, and asset management.

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—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. Additionally, Loop Capital is partner in multiple business enterprises including, LoopWealth platform, Asset Management and JLC Infrastructure, an investor and asset management firm formed in 2015 with Magic Johnson Enterprises.

A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Reynolds currently serves as chairman of the board for the Chicago Community Trust in addition to SIFMA.

Additionally, Reynolds serves as a board member of Kellogg Global Advisory Board, Hope Chicago Executive Leadership Advisory Board, World Business Chicago, Intersect Illinois and the Chicago Urban League, as well as a member of the CFA Institute.

Reynolds holds a Master 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 7, 24, 52, 53, 63 and 79 licenses.