Christopher R Zell

Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager

Professional Profile

Christopher Zell is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Manager with Bank of America Private Bank in Hartford, Connecticut. A veteran relationship manager, Chris is adept in advancing the priorities of senior executives and other high-net-worth individuals and families, helping them pursue a more efficient and thoughtful approach to growing, preserving, and transferring their wealth. Chris also provides tailored advice and guidance to institutional clients, including endowments, foundations, and other nonprofit entities, helping them address their investment management needs, while supporting their mission fulfillment, organizational capacity, and long-term stability.

Chris draws on decades of experience serving senior leaders of institutional clients. He works in concert with a team of deeply credentialed specialists, who look to uncover possible efficiencies, implement best practices, and connect clients to the research, ideas, and technology that can add value to their lives and legacies. Consultative by nature, Chris grounds his work in the distinctive circumstances of each relationship, lending his perspective and insight.

Chris began his banking career in 1980 with a predecessor firm of Bank of America and has more than 40 years of financial services experience. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Relationship Manager in Global Commercial Banking for the Healthcare, Education, and Not-For-Profit Group at Bank of America. In this capacity, he led the delivery of commercial banking services to institutional clients throughout Connecticut. Previously, Chris served as the national Credit Product Approval Manager for all centralized commercial credit approvals at the Bank, overseeing a large team of approval officers. Chris earned his B.S. in finance, cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Chris is a board member for the Connecticut Science Center.

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