Jim Schmalz

Managing Director, European Origination & Client Coverage                                                                        Fifth Third Bank International

A native of Birmingham, Jim covers Aerospace and the Southeast US for Fifth Third’s European Corporate Banking team.  Jim holds a BA in International Affairs and Business Administration from Rhodes College and earned a Masters in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina.  Beyond undergraduate and graduate study he completed language programs at the Alliance Française and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, and he holds licenses from FINRA for securities and capital markets products.

Jim has over twenty years of experience working with both Parent and North American subsidiaries of medium and large European companies.  Fifth Third is unique amongst superregional US banks in providing a focused offering for European companies where capital support at the European and US level is complemented by the full breadth of corporate and investment banking solutions, a dedicated expatriate banking team, a Canadian affiliate for consolidated North American treasury and a London Representative Office.  In addition to Jim’s travel to Europe four times a year supporting clients and prospects, his London-based colleagues complement the efforts of him and other US-based relationship managers and also liaise with European banks and private equity. 

Jim’s community activities include volunteer work for St. Rose Academy, Meals on Wheels, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and the Mercedes Marathon.  Jim and his wife Mary Jo have three children.

In regard to his involvement with the AlabamaGermany Partnership, Schmalz notes “It is a pleasure and honor to be involved with the AGP, its impressive management and membership.  The AlabamaGermany Partnership is an effective and pragmatic organization supporting the business, cultural and educational exchange among the people, communities, and organizations of Alabama and Germany.  While the practical benefit of networking is important, the broader benefits of cultural exchange are evident in the AGP’s mission and results.”