James Koutoulas is the CEO of Typhon Capital Management, a commodity trading advisor (CTA) and commodity pool operator (CPO) that opeates several trading programs, as well as the Hydra Multi-Strategy Agricultural Fund. In November 2011, in response to the MF Global bankruptcy, Koutoulas and CTA John Roe co-founded the Commodity Customer Coalition (CCC), a non-profit customer advocacy organization with over 10,000 members. Koutoulas continues to serve as the CCC's president.
Koutoulas is a former member of the board of directors of the National Futures Association, representing CTAs and CPOs. He was elected to the board along with fellow CCC co-founder John Roe in January 2013. Koutoulas served on the NFA's executive and appeals committees. He and Roe were replaced on the NFA board by candidates put on the ballot by petition. John Lothian, who initially supported Koutoulas' candidacy when he first ran, actively supported the petition candidates who were elected.
Koutoulas was the chief operating officer of the Boutique Funds of Funds Consulting Firm in Chicago from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, he was the CEO of the consulting firm Khaos Enterprises for five years beginning in 2005. Koutoulas began his career as a consultant for Smith Barney and a software developer for Urus Telecom.
Koutoulas gained notoriety in late December 2011 when JP Morgan asked him to "move his money elsewhere." Koutoulas, who was already in the process of switching to a different bank, responded by asking approximately 38,000 former MF Global customers to boycott JP Morgan.
Koutoulas founded the LGB coin referring to "Let's Go Brandon," which was code for a not-safe-for-work remark directed at President Joe Biden. The meme token shot up to a total value of $570 million when it was disclosed that NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, the primary 2022 full-season partner for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, would be the LGB token. However, NASCAR subsequently disallowed the sponsorship, which made the price of the token plummet. Koutoulas last relaunched the LGB token in April of 2022. However, the token and its sponsors are the subject of a lawsuit in Florida.
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