ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - BMO Harris Bank announced today that it has hired Anne Marie Zima to expand its dealership finance presence into four southern U.S. states. Anne Marie will be based in Atlanta, and she will be focused on the financial needs of auto dealers in Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas.
"Our business is expanding rapidly, and these markets present strong opportunities for growth," said Ghram Debes, Managing Director and Head of Dealership Finance, BMO Harris Bank. "Anne Marie brings the perfect balance of industry expertise, customer focus and local market knowledge."
The move complements the corporate banking presence BMO already has in Atlanta, which focuses on mid-market companies, as well as the wealth management presence BMO has in the area through Cedar Street Advisors.
The BMO Harris Bank Dealership Finance team already has offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Tampa, Kansas City, Akron, St. Louis, Crown Point and Washington D.C., and has plans to continue to expand into new markets. BMO Harris Bank's parent company, BMO Financial Group, has been actively serving the financial needs of auto dealers for the last 35 years.
About Anne Marie Zima
Anne Marie has ten years of experience in the Dealer Finance industry. She was most recently Vice President, Commercial Banking at Capital One Bank in Baton Rouge, where she specialized in auto dealer services with a focus on floorplan, real estate and acquisition financing for franchised auto dealers in Louisiana and Texas.
She has a BSBA in International Business and a Master of Science in Economics, both from Auburn University.
About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank(SM) is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and approximately $525 billion in assets (as of Oct. 31, 2012).