Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director, Senior Investment Specialist and Market Manager for J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New Jersey. - (AARON HOUSTON)
Alma DeMetropolis, who joined Leadership 100 in 2017, capped her 25-year career at JPMorgan Chase, by returning to her native New Jersey in November of 2016 as Managing Director and a Senior Investment Specialist for the Tri-State Region of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She became President of the New Jersey Market Leadership team and Market Manager for the New Jersey Private Bank.
Currently, she specializes in advising clients on a broad range of wealth matters and managing investment portfolios for U.S. Ultra-High Net Worth individuals, families, endowments and foundations. DeMetropolis joined J.P. Morgan in 1992 and worked 7 years in Europe and Latin America.
DeMetropolis began her career as an analyst before spending four years in London, Madrid, Paris and Zurich, helping the firm to prepare for the coming euro. Upon returning to the United States, DeMetropolis joined the private bank asset management division, predominantly working for international clients. Fluent in Spanish and Greek, she spent four years working with global families in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela.
JP Morgan consolidated her office in Summit, 10 minutes from her home in New Providence, with 30 additional team members from its Morristown location and some 40 people came with her from their office in New York City. “New Jersey, for us, is a real growth market,” she said.
DeMetropolis graduated from Cornell University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. She had planned to go to medical school. However, she had minored in accounting, and, in need of supporting herself worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., closing branches during the savings and loan crisis to reopen them under FDIC protection.
Learning of an opening with what was then J.P. Morgan & Co, she joined the company, which she says was innovative in focusing on technology as well as finance. She soon became an expert on a broad range of wealth matters and managing investment portfolios.