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Wale Ajayi is a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for the New York City Market in Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, his responsibilities include leading a team of specialists focused on understanding each client’s unique needs to deliver strategic financial guidance and solutions. Wale’s mission is to help local companies thrive by achieving their business goals, no matter how simple or how complex. 

Bringing 16 years of experience, Wale is experienced in both private and commercial banking. He joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2021. Wale began his banking career with JP Morgan Chase in Chicago. He advanced to a New York City- based role as Vice President and Relationship Manager within Commercial Banking, with a focus on Asset-Based Lending and other commercial banking needs.

He completed a four-year tenure with Capital One Bank as Vice President and Relationship Manager charged with delivering commercial banking needs to mid-size companies across the tri-state New York area. 

Most recently, Wale was Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for Gold Coast Bank, acquired by Investors Bank, a publicly traded regional bank, in 2018. He then joined Investors Bank as Business Development Officer servicing multi-sector companies across metro New York. 

Wale holds an MBA in Finance from Concordia University Chicago and he is formally credit trained.

Originally from Chicago, Wale has made New York City his home for the past 10 years.


    • Retail
    • General industries
    • Technology Services
    • Accounting and Law Firms
    • Healthcare & Physician Practices
    • Manufacturing
    • Not-for-profit
    • Professional Services
    • Restaurant/Food Industry

Meet the Team

With access to the global resources of Bank of America, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Robert Kelly

Assistant Vice President

Sales Support Associate

Mark Wooten


Treasury Sales Officer

Michele Haher

Senior Vice President

Lending Officer

Alicia Frazier


Commercial Credit Specialist

Bank of America Business Banking

As you work to take your business to the next level in an environment where business and technology sophistication are critical to having a competitive edge, you need a local banking partner who has your long-term interests at heart.

Bank of America is that local advocate. We work closely with you to understand your business goals. We then draw on our Bank wide resources, technology and experience to generate ideas and solutions that will propel your business further.

With Bank of America Business Banking by your side, you can be assured your business has the power to grow and thrive.

You can benefit from:

Local Relationship Managers who are your advocates and bring the Bank’s resources to you as a seamlessly integrated, dedicated team

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Access to bank-wide services beyond business banking, to manage both your business and personal wealth

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