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CFTC fills long-vacant seats with new commissioners

Joe Mont | September 13, 2017

In recent days, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been staffing up.

Brian Quintenz was sworn in as a commisioner after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. His term expires in April 2020. “I’m deeply honored to be sworn in as a Commissioner of the CFTC,” he said in a statement. “I have tremendous respect for this agency and the people who work here. I look forward to working to fulfill the agency’s mission to foster open, transparent, competitive, and financially sound markets.”

Prior to his appointment to the CFTC, Quintenz founded and served as the managing principal and chief investment officer of Saeculum Capital Management, a registered Commodity Pool Operator that specialized in risk management and technical analysis investment strategies.

He started his career in finance at Hill-Townsend Capital, a registered investment advisor established to focus solely on U.S. bank and financial company investment opportunities. While there, he performed rigorous fundamental valuation analysis on regional and global banks, projected future earnings estimates, and implemented proprietary hedging strategies.

Prior to working in the financial markets, Quintenz worked for Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and ultimately became her senior policy advisor.

Quintenz graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a major in Public Policy Studies and received an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Gamma honors society.

On Sept. 6, Rostin Behnam was officially sworn in to serve as a commissioner. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug, 3. His term expires in June 2021.

"I am honored to join the Commission at this critical time, working hard to protect customers and ensure the market is free of fraud and manipulation,” Behnam said.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Behnam served as senior counsel to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He served as counsel to Senator Stabenow since 2011, focusing on policy and legislation related to the CFTC and the Department of Agriculture. Previously, he practiced law in New York City and worked at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

Behnam is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. He lives with his wife and daughter in Baltimore.