Jeanne Markey '78

Jeanne Markey '78

“Montclair gave me the education I was looking for, without having to pay to go away to school,” Jeanne Markey ’78 says of her alma mater. She was an Accounting major with her eyes on a solid, career-centered education at an affordable price. Montclair State College fit that bill.

Some of her favorite professors were Joseph Greco, Lee Primiano and Irene Douma. All of these professors, as well as others, sparked her interest in accounting and shaped Markey’s educational path.

Like the majority of Montclair State students, Jeanne worked part time and commuted to school. “I still always made it a point to come back to campus to go to the RAT on Thursdays,” she said. She was also part of the ski club, where she met a group of good friends.  

Jeanne went on to intern at Inmont, a local manufacturing company, during her senior year. Inmont, now owned by UK chemical company BASF, was a dyestuffs and pigment manufacturing plant with corporate headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey. Markey was offered a position in internal auditing and started soon after she graduated. “The offer was there before graduation, which was nice,” she said. Having experience from her internship was a huge boost for her on-the-job success. “I had more hands-on experience in auditing than most first-year staff at the Big Eight firms.”

Soon after, Markey moved into  financial analysis roles including positions in the entertainment and insurance  industries before joining Merrill Lynch, the wealth management division of Bank of America, where she spent fourteen years in various financial and strategic roles with progressive responsibility. In 2002, she joined Lazard Freres as, Director of Global Management Reporting, Budgeting and Analysis. Lazard is a global financial advisory and asset management firm that provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments, and individuals. 

Markey looks back on her Montclair State days with a fondness. Though they were comprised of hard work, they were also made of memories and experiences that can never be replicated. “The education and intern experience I received at Montclair gave me the solid foundation I needed to start my career and has carried me to the position I hold today.”