We’re proud to announce that James (Jim) Reynolds Jr., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital, will be this year’s Chicagoness Award recipient at the 15th Annual Momentum Awards!

The Chicagoness Award is presented each year to an individual who exemplifies the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community and empowers future innovators through a commitment to civic leadership. As a 30-year financial services veteran with a passion and record of giving back, Jim is the perfect person for this honor.

Following a long career at several global Wall Street firms, Jim went on to found Loop Capital, which was then a municipal bond firm. Today, Loop Capital has grown to become a leader in investment banking, brokerage and advisory services with a reputation for integrity and service.

Jim is also an active community advocate who serves on various boards for organizations devoted to creating equity in Chicago and beyond, including as Board Chairman of both the Chicago Community Trust and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). In addition to these responsibilities, he also serves as a board member of World Business Chicago, Kellogg Global Advisory Board, Hope Chicago Executive Leadership Advisory Board, Intersect Illinois, and the Chicago Urban League. In 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose Jim to co-chair Get IN Chicago, which aims to prevent violence through intensive mentorship and intervention in the lives of at-risk youth. 

“I’ve known Jim for a long time, and I can safely say that there are few people who have had as much of an impact on the finance industry and community as Jim has,” said Larry Eppley, Chairman of 1871 and Sheppard Mullin’s Chicago office founding managing partner. “His business success is well known, but he has also been a selfless advocate for Chicago. He embodies all the things that the Chicagoness Award stands for.”

“Throughout his career, Jim has broken new ground and built bridges for others to succeed,” said 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler. “Not only has he grown Loop Capital from a team of six to an industry leader, he has continually stepped up to support and uplift our city and its future leaders. We’re honored to recognize him for his incredible impact at this year’s Momentum Awards.” 

Jim will accept his award at the 15th Annual Momentum Awards on September 22, 2022, where we will also honor the innovators and leaders that are disrupting their industries, building up their communities, and shaping the future. Get your ticket today to join us for the celebration in-person or virtually!

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