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Jim Manelis

Head of Strategic Alliances at Chase Auto

Jim Manelis is the Head of Strategic Alliances for Chase Auto, overseeing all Alliance partners and marketplaces, and digital fintech relationships. Jim’s team is responsible for extending Chase’s core retail and branding capabilities to industry partners, creating more unique opportunities for our clients and Chase’s 66 million+ households. 

Prior to his current role, Jim ran Direct Lending for Chase overseeing all auto lending that was sourced online, through the Chase Mobile app, in Chase branches or through loan-by-phone call centers.   

Under Jim’s direction, Chase launched their digital car-buying platform that allows any consumer in the US to search, select and finance their vehicle entirely online. The platform received a number of awards, including the Auto Finance Excellence Award for Innovation by Auto Finance News.   

Jim has been with Chase for more than 27 years and is an expert in consumer trends, auto lending, home lending and product strategy. Before joining Auto Finance, he oversaw Mortgage Banking’s product suite including the Home Equity business.   

Jim has been a member of the Consumer Bankers Association, volunteers with the United Way and is the treasurer for his local church. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and marketing from the University of Denver.  

Jim and his family live in Phoenix.