BMO Wealth Management Names New Leadership

Amid accelerating growth, BMO Wealth Management’s Arizona office is introducing new leadership and expanding its capabilities to local businesses and high-net-worth clients.

BMO’s Arizona office serves as the hub for the Western United States and is now led by Managing Director, Michael Blanton. The Scottsdale resident previously served as managing director for BMO Wealth Management in Illinois. With more than 25 years of financial and leadership experience, he has earned an MBA, law degree and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Blanton was also in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Mr. Blanton is steering local teams through expansion, leading a group of 15 private wealth advisors, private bankers, investment portfolio managers, financial planners, and Trust professionals.

“BMO Wealth Management is already among Arizona’s largest wealth managers. We are now poised to have an even greater presence across the Southwest,” said Mr. Blanton. “This growth strengthens our commitment to progress by laying deep local roots and expanding our community support, while reaffirming our Purpose of Growing the Good in business and life. No other wealth manager brings the same global presence and resources in a boutique environment.”

With a focus on customized financial planning strategies for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals through BMO Wealth Management and BMO Family Office, Mr. Blanton emphasizes clients’ direct access to leadership as well as cross-border expertise throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to bringing on Mr. Blanton, BMO Wealth Management continues to bolster its leadership across the Western U.S., including enhancing its presences in Denver and Salt Lake City. “We’ve experienced significant growth in recent years, and we expect it to continue into 2023 and beyond,” said Matt Miller, Regional President, Sunbelt Central Region, BMO Wealth Management. “Mike’s experience and proven leadership will help reinforce our commitment to our clients and the community to help them continually make progress on their financial goals. As we continue to add talented professionals, we will further establish ourselves as one of the premier private banks for wealthy individuals and their families.”

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