Patricia H Besser

Managing Director, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Patricia Besser is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Chicago, Illinois. Pat is responsible for leading multi-disciplined teams that serve the sophisticated financial and advisory needs of ultra-high-net-worth families and organizations. She advises several of Bank of America's most significant relationships, offering a level of customization, diligence and care that differentiate our firm. Consistently and methodically, the teams she manages recognize the singularity of each client’s priorities, supporting those objectives with unflagging resolve. As an experienced leader, Pat is adept in unwinding complex issues and tackling large-scale transactions, grounding her work in integrity and precision, with a sense of urgency.

Pat joined Bank of America in 2001 following more than 20 years in corporate finance and investment banking with several U.S. and international financial firms. She has lived and worked in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Africa. She earned her B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, as well as her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Pat is very active in nonprofit leadership and civic involvement. Her boards include the Big Shoulders Fund, The Economic Club of Chicago where she chaired membership and has served on the board for seven years, The Chicago Club, where she formerly chaired the membership commission, The Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago Network. Pat also previously served as the Chairman of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.


  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame

Our Team

Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personal experience.

Note: These team members are a shared resource, involved in your wealth management plan as appropriate and are subject to change

Janet Schroeder Pittman

Private Client Manager


Jesse J Herr

Private Client Manager


David C Schmidt

Private Client Manager


David M Kushnir

Senior Trust Officer


Anthony (Tony) A Fout

Portfolio Manager


Stephen Kenney

Portfolio Manager


Shelton (Skip) Heaver

Portfolio Manager


Key Contacts

Cory M Clayman

Private Bank Senior Associate


Evelyn Maria Moshi

Private Bank Senior Associate


Wendell McMullen

Private Bank Associate


Let's Have A Conversation

We take the time to listen and learn about you and your family before creating strategies that aim to meet your needs, goals and best interests now and in the future


For more than 200 years, Bank of America Private Bank has helped clients navigate the complex challenges of managing significant wealth. We draw on the Private Bank’s personalized approach, as well as the resources of Bank of America, to help individuals and families, businesses, and institutions achieve their financial objectives. Whether you’re looking to preserve and share wealth, build philanthropic legacies or plan for future growth, our commitment is to make your goals our priority.

At Bank of America Private Bank, we take pride in our history and in serving our clients’ best interests. We also value the continual pursuit of innovation in a constantly transforming world. We apply this perspective to help our clients anticipate and respond to evolving markets, changing environments and the growing complexities of the financial landscape. Mindful of the past, our focus is on providing today’s clients with disciplined financial strategies and a bridge across generations.