A lively show - inside and out - at JPMorgan Chase annual meeting in Tampa
The annual shareholders meeting of JPMorgan Chase took place Tuesday morning at the bank's Treasury operations complex in Tampa, just off I-75 and Martin Luther King. Bank CEO Jamie Dimon managed to avoid the wrath of investors over the recent disclosure of a $2.3 billion trading loss, readily admitting "I can't justify it." Read my column about my attending the annual meeting. Dimon's candor inside the event did not dissuade protesters outside the event from throwing eggs at his image (below). See more photos from the event.
Below, Hillsborough Sheriff deputies augment some of the major security forces surrounding the JPMorgan Chase annual shareholders meeting. I was lucky on short notice to gain access to the shareholders meeting. Since no cameras were permitted inside, a lot of the TV media set up outside and handled interviews before and after the event, within viewing range of the protesters.
Below, protesters stand outside the gate of JPMorgan Chase in Tampa after the annual stockholders meeting. One group that managed to speak directly inside the shareholders meeting represented the janitors who clean the JPMorgan Chase-owned building in Miami at 200 S Biscayne Blvd. that houses Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms. Their beef? The company they work for, Jantrex Building Services, offers no benefits. Dimon promised he would look into the matter.
At the least, this was a good practice run for area security in anticipation of protesters during August's Republican National Convention in downtown Tampa.
Photos: AP by Scott Iskowitz.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times