Jason Joanis, BMO Wealth Management
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Jason Joanis, director, senior portfolio manager, BMO Wealth Management.
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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
That’s easy — the unique personality of Madison. I’ve lived in small-town northern Wisconsin and the metropolitan Milwaukee area; Dane County has a similar feeling to both with the additional benefits of being a university town and housing the state capitol.
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
One of my early high school coaches advised his players to play every sport or activity they had the opportunity to play. Due to his advice and leadership I lettered in three high school sports, played collegiate Division III football, and only recently stopped playing Home Talent Baseball to concentrate on coaching my kids’ baseball teams. I also grew up with a family that loved boating and all the extra water sports that come along with it. At a very young age, my mother and uncle taught me how to slalom ski, barefoot ski, and wakeboard. I don’t think any of these activities are very secret with social media, or very extraordinary, but it shows that I’ll pretty much try any physical activity. Within the past few years, I’ve tandem sky dived with my wife and family, and run half marathons with friends. Presently my kids want me to compete in American Ninja Warrior, but the jury is still deliberating that decision.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Traveling out west to ski and snowboard with a few buddies is my expensive guilty pleasure. We don’t travel to Colorado as often as we used to, but that’s what makes the times we do get together that much better.
On one occasion after a day of skiing in Tahoe, two friends and I began the hunt for a bar to watch No. 3-seed Wisconsin take on No. 10-seed Davidson in the NCAA basketball tournament. We found a local bar that didn’t have many basketball fans, and since no one cared or knew about either team, we got the whole bar to cheer for Wisconsin. Needless to say, future NBA MVP Stephen Curry led Davidson to victory and these three Wisconsin fans were eating crow after talking up our defensive prowess.
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