BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank current logo
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Dave Casper, CEO|
Number of employees
|Parent||Bank of Montreal|
The bank is owned by BMO Financial Corporation, a holding company which in turn is owned by Bank of Montreal, also known as BMO Financial Group.
BMO Harris offers more than 600 branches and 1,300 ATMs throughout Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Florida, and Wisconsin. Over 14,500 are employed by BMO in the United States.
In 1882, Norman Wait Harris established N.W. Harris & Co., a Chicago-based municipal bond broker and the forerunner of Harris Bank. Harris Trust and Savings Bank was established 1907. It merged with Chicago National Bank in 1960 and was restructured as Harris Bankcorp, Inc. in 1972. Bank of Montreal (later known as BMO Financial Group) acquired Harris in 1984.
The bank grew rapidly through a series of acquisitions beginning with the First National Bank of Barrington in 1985, State Bank of St. Charles and First National Bank of Batavia in 1988 and Libertyville Federal Savings Bank and Loan and Frankfort Bancshares in 1990. Harris Bankcorp and Suburban Bancorp combined under the Harris name in 1994 and two years later, the company acquired 54 Chicago area branches from Household Bank. In 1999, the direct brokerage firm Burke, Christensen & Lewis merged with Harris Investors Direct to form Harris InvestorLine. The company's further acquisitions include Freeman Welwood in 2000; Village Bank of Naples, and Century Bank (Arizona) and First National Bank of Joliet in 2001; Northwestern Trust and Investors Advisory Company (Seattle) in 2002. Also in 2002, InvestorLine combined with CSFBdirect to form Harrisdirect and Harris acquired online client accounts of Morgan Stanley Individual Investor Group and myCFO. The following year, it purchased Sullivan, Bruyette Speros & Blayney Incorporated, followed by Lakeland Community Bank in Round Lake, Illinois, New Lenox State Bank and Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. based in Hammond, Indiana in 2004 and Villa Park Trust and Savings Bank in 2005.
The Harris Bankcorp name was retired in 2005 in favor of the name BMO Harris Bank; the bank encourages pronouncing it as "B-MO" (/ˈbiːmoʊ/).
BMO continued its acquisitions in 2007 with First National Bank & Trust, (Kokomo, Indiana) followed by Ozaukee Bank, (Cedarburg, Wisconsin) and Merchant and Manufacturers Bankcorp Inc., (New Berlin, Wisconsin) in 2008 and Amcore Bank N.A. on April 23, 2010.
On December 17, 2010, Bank of Montreal agreed to purchase Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corporation in an all-stock transaction valued at about $4.1 billion USD. Marshall & Ilsley was then merged into BMO Harris. The company restructured as BMO Bankcorp July 5, 2011.
BMO Harris Bank is one of the largest banks in the Midwest with over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. It is the second-largest Chicago-area bank based on market share, behind JP Morgan Chase, and the second largest Canadian US banking arm in the United States after TD Bank, N.A. owned by Toronto-Dominion Bank.
BMO Harris is headquartered in a complex of three buildings in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. The original 21-story building was constructed in 1910 at 119 West Monroe Street. The entrance to the building is flanked by two bas-relief sculptures of lions, which inspired various iterations of the bank's logo until 2011, along with the bank's mascot character, Hubert the Lion. In 1960, a 23-story structure was added to the east with the address of 111 West Monroe. In 1974, a second 38-story tower was added to the west with the address of 115 South LaSalle Street. Both additions were designed by the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and are in the modern style. The bank uses the address of the 1960 building.
Partnerships led by BMO Harris include:
- BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee
- BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois
- BMO Harris Pavilion at Summerfest in Milwaukee
- Chicago Bulls
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Milwaukee Wave
- Northwestern University Athletics
- Wisconsin Badgers Athletics
- Rockford IceHogs AHL Blackhawks Affiliate
- Harris, Hall & Co., securities affiliate established in 1934, following passage of the Glass Steagall Act and acquired by Dean Witter & Co. in 1953
- Harris, Forbes & Co., securities affiliate established in 1911 and acquired by Chase Manhattan Bank in 1930
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