WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HER: Because she has risen in the ranks to become one of the most influential executives at JPMorgan Chase—and also is the 2013 board chairman for the Dallas Regional Chamber. The two roles go hand-in-hand, Motsenbocker says, because both the chamber and the bank are continually preparing for the impact of North Texas growth on the region’s environment, education, and infrastructure.
“If our community’s flourishing, our clients are flourishing,” she says. Case in point: In May, Chase partnered with the chamber and the Brookings Institution to convene a forum of the Global Cities Initiative in Dallas. The partners brought together leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector in an effort to help make North Texas more competitive in the global marketplace.
In Texas, 56 percent of Chase’s middle-market clients are now active globally, up from 35 percent in 2011. “As our clients have moved and changed, we’ve really leveraged our investment-bank platform around the world to be able to provide solutions to our clients in Australia and China and Singapore and Europe and Brazil and Canada,” Motsenbocker says. “It’s really gratifying to see that kind of growth.”
At Chase, Motsenbocker has moved over the years from corporate to middle-market banking to private banking and back. Recently named president of Chase’s south region middle market, she now oversees the bank’s business in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma for clients generating $20 million to $500 million annually. “I’ve really been able to re-invent myself at JPMorgan Chase several times,” she says. “I think it’s a real testament to our institution that you can stay and have a really rewarding career that evolves as you evolve.”
Meantime, she says, more and more companies are moving to Dallas-Fort Worth because of the area’s accomplished work force, its inexpensive real estate, and the state’s business-friendly climate. “The biggest challenge,” Motsenbocker adds, “is making sure that, as the chamber and as the bank, we’re forward-thinking … as our clients grow and expand and as the region grows and expands.”