Magazine article American Banker

Putting a Personal Stamp on the Affairs of Chase Manhattan

Magazine article American Banker

Putting a Personal Stamp on the Affairs of Chase Manhattan

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I CAN'T GET YOU a loan. I can't get you a mortgage. I have nothing to do with money," says Judi Rothenberg.

But Ms. Rothenberg, 27, still manages to put a personnel stamp on the affairs of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. Ms. Rothenberg, you see, is the bank's in-house calligrapher. She produces the artful handwriting on the means, announcements, and invitations for Chase functions. (An example of her work is the headline at the top of this column.)

"What is unusual about this is that it's a fulltime job," she stresses. "Most calligraphers are part-timers."

Ms. Rothensberg grew up in Los Angeles and came to New York seven years ago. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a marketing degree but considers herself an artist, not a banker.

"The big problem for an artist in a corporate world is fitting in," she notes. For her evaluations at Chase, the criteria are different than those for a junior lending officer or a CD product manager. …

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