Alumni Spotlight: Ralph U. Tejada
Master of Business Administration – Finance, Saint Peter’s University 2007
Bachelor of Science – International Business, Berkeley College 2003
Associate of Applied Science – Marketing, Berkeley College 2001
Vice President of Business Relationship Area Manager at JPMorgan Chase
Welcome to our Alumni Spotlight, where we have the pleasure of showcasing our excellent alumni. This month we are featuring Ralph U. Tejada, the Vice President of Business Relationship Area Manager at JPMorgan Chase in Jacksonville, Florida.
Education is the key to success
Ralph U. Tejada was just 16 when he emigrated with his family from the Dominican Republic to live in the United States. He completed his senior year at Paterson Catholic High School in New Jersey and then worked for three years in his family’s business. When Mr. Tejada’s family decided to return to the Dominican Republic, he stayed behind to pursue a college degree.
Mr. Tejada enrolled at Berkeley College because it offered the support he needed to get back into the student mindset. He graduated with an A.A.S. in Marketing in 2001 and then went on to earn a B.S. in International Business from Berkeley in 2003.
“Berkeley College helped me tremendously to achieve my goals,” said Mr. Tejada, who appreciated the ability to switch from morning to evening classes so that he could maintain a full-time job while pursuing his degrees. He added that the small class sizes, challenging subjects, and professors who willingly shared their professional experiences with students made a true impact on both his personal and career development. In fact, Mr. Tejada was inspired to pursue a career in banking following a conversation with a professor who had years of experience working in that industry. He remains in contact with that professor today.
Mr. Tejada began his banking career at Washington Mutual, Inc., where he worked first as an Assistant Branch Manager and then as a Branch Manager. A couple of years into his banking career, he completed an M.B.A. in Finance from Saint Peter’s University. This led to a position as a Relationship Manager – Business Banking at JPMorgan Chase in 2009, and later a promotion to a Business Relationship Area Manager. In November 2015, he took on the role as the Vice President of Business Relationship Area Manager at JPMorgan Chase in Jacksonville, Florida.
In this role, Mr. Tejada leads a team of eight business relationship managers in the support of mid-size businesses in the northeast Florida market. The focus of the team is to serve as trusted advisors to clients, freeing them up to concentrate on running their businesses. In addition, Mr. Tejada functions as a liaison for his company’s Retail Network, ensuring the proper execution of business strategies.
“I truly believe that obtaining a college education was the key to my career success and my opportunity to work with such a highly reputable firm as JPMorgan Chase,” Mr. Tejada said.
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