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Bento Engine President, Former J.P. Morgan Exec Dies at 62

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What You Need to Know

  • The Bento Engine co-founder and President Greg Quental died suddenly of natural causes.
  • Before starting the fintech firm in 2021, he served in various executive roles at other firms, including as J.P. Morgan Securities CEO.
  • Bento Engine said in June it received a major investment from veteran wealth management leaders and senior executives after a year of accelerated growth.

Greg Quental, co-founder and president of the fintech firm Bento Engine and a longtime J.P. Morgan executive, died recently at the age of 62.

“Greg passed away suddenly this past Saturday … in Connecticut of natural causes,” Philipp Hecker, Bento Engine CEO, said in a statement provided to ThinkAdvisor on Friday.

Other details surrounding the cause of Quental’s death were not provided. (The news was reported earlier this week by WealthManagement.)

Quental was with J.P. Morgan for more than 15 years, most recently as CEO of J.P. Morgan Securities, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 2018, he left the company and was a co-founder and CEO of Personal Equity. He left that company in 2020 and launched Bento Engine in 2021.

Bento Engine said in June it received a “substantial investment from veteran wealth management leaders and senior executives following a year of accelerated growth and adoption by financial advisory firms.”

Investors who were part of the seed-funding round included Doug Fritz, president and founder of F2 Strategy; Marty Bicknell, CEO and president of Mariner Wealth Advisors; Shannon Eusey, CEO and co-founder of Beacon Pointe Advisors; Greg Friedman, chief strategy officer of Wealthspire Advisors; and Gavin Spitzner, president of Wealth Consulting Partners, Hecker said.

Bento works on advice technology, proprietary content and timing expertise that it says “enables financial advisors to better serve their clients and grow their business.”

“During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Hecker said in the statement about Quental’s death.

Along with the other partners at Bento Engine, “we were fortunate to work very closely with him on a daily basis over the past 18 months — inspired by his clear strategic vision, leadership, expertise and operational prowess,” according to Hecker.

“I had the great fortune of working closely with Greg for the past ten years, first as colleagues at J.P. Morgan, then as co-founders at Bento Engine,” Hecker said.

“Greg was the ultimate professional,” said Hecker, noting that Quental “shaped so many important decisions aided by his expertise and wisdom.”

“We are receiving many messages from former and current business partners that celebrate his personality and contributions across our industry,” Hecker said, noting they referred to Quental as an “industry titan,” “great mentor and inspiration,” “a listening leader,” “class act” and “innovative visionary” — “he was all of these, and so much more.”

Quental “will be dearly missed as Bento Engine continues to build upon and advance his legacy,” Hecker added.

(Pictured: Greg Quental)