Scott Senteney enjoys career with J.P. Morgan Chase
Scott Senteney has certainly gone far both geographically and in his career since graduating in 2011 from Missouri State University with a degree in Finance. Senteney, a native of Willard, is now a Relationship Banker and Small Business Specialist with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Austin, Texas. Senteney started working for Chase in Springfield when he was a high school student. A bright self-starter, Senteney began his rise in card activation and progressed to handling Chase’s most elite card clients.
After graduation, Senteney fielded several job offers, but chose to stay with J.P. Morgan Chase, moving over to the firm’s retail banking operations. Senteney started out as a Personal Banker and, within 10 months, earned his Series 6, Series 63 and Texas Life and Health Insurance licenses. A few months after earning these licenses and consistently being a top performer in his market, Senteney was promoted to Small Business Specialist. Over the summer he successfully completed his Level 1 CFA Exam. In addition, he is currently ranked in the top 10 percent of all JPMorgan Chase Bankers in the nation for 2013 and most recently moved to Chase Private Client, where he provides services to Chase’s most affluent customers.
When asked about what he likes about his job, Senteney says, “I really enjoy meeting with clients, getting to know them with an eye toward uncovering their financial needs and working with them to help them reach their financial goals. It’s a very rewarding job, whether it is helping a home buyer get into their first home, helping a local business open their doors, or helping our most affluent clients earn a better rate of return using the expertise of J.P. Morgan.”
Senteney says his time at Missouri State prepared him well for his current role. “MSU helped me in numerous ways, providing me with skills I thought I’d never use, which I now use all the time. My primary niche is investments, and being able to speak with CEOs, retired senior executives, successful entrepreneurs and other wealthy individuals about what is happening in the markets during unprecedented times is quite challenging. Having learned the fundamentals at Missouri State has enabled me to speak with confidence to my clients.” Secondly, Senteney credits his Business Law, Management, Accounting and Corporate Finance classes for his understanding of business classifications from sole proprietorships to S corporations along with his understanding of business cash flows, all of which serve him well in his work with small businesses.
Senteney specifically mentions three professors — Dr. James Philpot, Dr. Susan Crain and Dr. Stephen Haggard — when discussing his preparation at MSU, not just for the technical skills they taught him, but also for their assistance in helping him plan his next step after college. When asked for his advice to current FGB students, Senteney stresses the importance of taking the time to meet with professors outside of class; getting help with concepts, preparing for exams, reviewing resumes, practicing interview questions, and planning a career. Scott also stresses the importance of being a lifelong learner. “I cannot express how important it is to keep moving forward and progressing after you graduate.” Senteney furthers his own learning, in part, through reading. He recommends the following books to FGB students and graduates: “The Noticer” and “Mastering the Seven Decisions,” by Andy Andrews. Sometimes all someone needs is a little perspective.