Chase CEO Jamie Dimon announced as keynote for 2015 Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting

Kitty McConnell

Chase CEO Jamie Dimon comes up frequently in conversation with Columbus' business leaders. JPMorgan Chase has more than 20,000 employees based in the Columbus market--the firm's largest employee base outside of its New York headquarters.

Dimon's ascension as chairman and chief of JPMorgan Chase began in Columbus: Dimon was elected to succeed John B. McCoy as CEO of Bank One (formerly Banc One). Chase named Dimon COO and president following its Bank One merger in 2004. Dimon was named Chase's CE0 and president in 2005, its chairman in 2006.

"Jamie is a great leader, he's a great banker--there's nobody better-and a nice person," says Jack Kessler (Columbus CEO, September 2014), chairman of the New Albany Company and a member of the search committee that appointed Dimon to lead Bank One. "There's more employees (here) now for JPMorgan than when Bank One was headquartered here...Jamie loves it here because he said the work ethic is so good. He said he'd move everybody here if he could. He loves Columbus."

The details of Dimon's keynote and the Columbus Chamber annual meeting, via the Chamber's announcement this afternoon:

The Columbus Chamber today announced that James "Jamie" Dimon, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will serve as keynote speaker at its 2015 Annual Meeting. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. on February 12, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand ballroom.

"Jamie Dimon has been recognized as one of the most influential business leaders of our time, as well as one of the top CEOs," said Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber. "We are pleased that he has agreed to join us at the Columbus Chamber's Annual Meeting, and we look forward to hearing him share his ideas and insights with our members."

JPMorgan Chase is the largest private employer in the Columbus Region, with more than 20,000 employees here.

Pre-sale tickets for the 2015 Annual Meeting are on sale now through the end of the year. The cost is $85 for Chamber members and $100 for non-member guests. Along with hearing from Mr. Dimon, admission to the event includes breakfast, networking with more than 1,200 Columbus Region business leaders, and the presentation of the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award. After January 1, tickets will be $100 for members and $120 for non-member guests.

For more details or to order pre-sale tickets to the Chamber's 2015 Annual Meeting, visit

The Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting is presented by State Auto Insurance Companies with support from Cassidy Turley and Bartha Audio Visual. The Small Business Leader Award is presented in partnership with Commerce National Bank.