Denien Rasmussen has more than 30 years’ experience in the municipal securities industry, specializing in municipal zero coupon securities and taxable municipal bond trading. She began her career in the financial industry with Channer Newman Securities as an assistant to the capital market trading and underwriting group.
In 1981, Denien transitioned to her interdealer broker career with the opening of JF Hartfield Titus & Donnelly in Chicago. At Hartfield, as one of the first broker’s brokers on the street to specialize in zero coupon municipals, she brought market expertise and market share to the firm. Denien remained a leader in the zero market for more than 20 years.
Denien joined RW Smith in 1986 as an integral member of its first branch office in Chicago. She brought both local and national contacts, as well as sector proficiency, which ensured the successful expansion of the company in the Midwest.
Denien was named a permanent member of the RW Smith Executive Committee in 2001 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2006.