Position: Vice president and senior banker in Washington for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, a wealth management arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Career Highlights: Senior vice president, Asset Management Advisors LLC, a SunTrust affiliate; vice president, sales and business development, Olympus Group Inc.; senior vice president, business development, Franklin National Bank (purchased by BB&T); private banking officer, Sovran Bank (later merged with Bank of America); cash management officer, Sovran Bank; and analyst, department of economic policy and analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Age: 40

Education: BA, economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; MBA, finance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Personal: Lives in Washington with husband, Bob.

How did you get to where you are?

In college I realized three of my biggest passions in life: the never-ending pursuit of learning, interacting with people and a keen interest in finance. So I sought to find a career that would allow me to engage in all three. After graduation, my penchant for numbers drove me to the nation's capital to work with the Securities and Exchange Commission to learn more about the financial markets. While I learned much through my finance research, I was drawn to increasing my level of interaction with people and felt that banking would offer the balance I was seeking. I consistently migrated toward private banking as a way to bring together my analytical and relationship management skills.

In 1991, I had the opportunity to better understand entrepreneurial clients as I was part of a team of bankers that grew Franklin National Bank during challenging economic times in the Washington area. We experienced terrific growth and success as a result of the efforts of the management team, the employees and the clients working closely together, and ultimately sold a successful enterprise to BB&T. We had started with an organization of approximately $40 million in total assets and grew that to $1 billion when we sold in 1998.

My decision to join the Washington team of J.P. Morgan Private Bank was primarily the result of the firm's ability to deliver a depth and breadth of world-class wealth management solutions in a very personalized model. As a senior banker, I serve as the adviser or access point to the extensive resources of the organization. This allows me to stay connected to clients when delivering customized wealth management solutions and consistently be the adviser upon whom the client depends.

-- Judith Mbuya