JPMorgan Chase Names Monica Skok to Lead Middle Market Banking in Colorado
The fifth-generation Colorado native returns to JPMorgan Chase after launching her own firm
Monica Liley Skok — a financial executive with 25 years of experience in investment banking, healthcare and family office businesses, and in providing board leadership to numerous Colorado organizations — has been named region manager of the middle market banking and specialized industries (MMBSI) group for JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking in Colorado.
Skok, a fifth generation Colorado native, will lead a team of commercial bankers that delivers local business clients an array of financial services including treasury and payment services, credit and financing, international banking and investment banking.
MMBSI is part of JPMorgan Chase’s Commercial Bank, and works with public and privately held companies to provide financial solutions both domestically and internationally. It has dedicated teams in the top 50 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, including teams of core and specialized bankers that focus on industries including technology, disruptive commerce, health and wellness, life sciences, healthcare, media and entertainment, agribusiness and multinational companies.
“Monica’s business acumen, vast experience and deep ties to Colorado bring great value to JPMorgan Chase as she continues to forge strong relationships with our clients and helps expand our business,” says Craig Zollinger, managing director and head of the greater west segment of MMBSI, which includes Colorado. “She is a recognized leader in Colorado and her commitment to excellence will be a positive force for our clients and the community.”
“I am delighted to re-join JPMorgan Chase. It is an exciting and important time for Colorado and I look forward to serving our clients,” Skok says. “Colorado’s economy continues to grow at a healthy rate, we are attracting top talent and companies at all stages of the life cycle — from startups to established corporations — are investing in this market because the ecosystem is flourishing.”
Skok will step into the position previously held by Chris Jensen, who is taking on the role of senior executive for the greater west segment. Jensen, who chairs the local market leadership team in the Colorado region, represents the firm on numerous boards including the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Bankers Association and the Colorado Business Roundtable.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Skok launched MLS Advisory and as CEO provided C-level services to families, closely held businesses and their trustees to define the objectives of their businesses and their wealth across all stages of the life cycle.
Before MLS Advisory, recognized for her expertise in executive leadership, governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, and optimizing people and teams, Skok was recruited in 2014 as a CEO to launch, build and lead a single-family office for an ultra-high net worth family. Skok built the firm from the ground up, and led a team dedicated to executing financial and operational goals through comprehensive investment and asset preservation strategies, financial management, strategic philanthropy and legacy planning. Prior to this operational experience, Skok was an investment banker focused on mergers and acquisitions and private capital formation for middle-market companies in the Greater West region. From 1997-1999 she was an analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in New York City.
Skok has broad experience serving on local boards. She is the current governance chair of the Colorado Education Initiative and a member of The Colorado Forum. She is also a member of Women in the Boardroom and was recognized as one of Denver’s “40 under 40” by the Denver Business Journal.
She received a BA from the University of Colorado – Boulder.
JPMorgan Chase employs 1,300 people in Colorado and serves 2.1 million consumers and almost 160,000 business customers statewide. Chase has 113 branches in the state and ranks fourth by the FDIC in deposit market share among the state’s financial institutions.
JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking provides credit and financing, treasury and payment services, international banking and real estate services to a variety of clients – including corporations, municipalities, institutions, real estate investors and owners, and not-for-profit organizations. Currently it has assets totaling $2.7 trillion dollars with more than 250,000 employees and a presence in over 100 markets. The company is part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (NYSE: JPM).