PAUL JOSEPH M. GARCIA
PJ Garcia is the Managing Partner of Grow Capital Partners, a Philippine-based boutique investment management advisory company focused primarily on providing financial advisory services and investment management solutions in both financial and real estate investments for institutional investors and multi-family offices. PJ was also the CEO of Leechiu Management, Inc., the investment advisory subsidiary of Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc., a leading property consulting company.
Previously, he used to head the Institutional Business of BPI’s Asset Management and Trust Group. He was responsible for the business development and overall Institutional Business including accounts previously managed under the ING Investment Management brand. Prior to the acquisition, he served as ING Investment Management Philippines’ CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He managed the business activities of ING Manila’s Trust Department while concurrently supervising the investment management of all its discretionary assets, both institutional and retail accounts.
PJ started his career in 1992 as an Economist for the School of Economics of the University of Asia and the Pacific (formerly the Center for Research and Communication [CRC]). He has conducted extensive research on macroeconomic prospects and policy issues concerning banking and the capital markets and has written a number of studies on various topics in these fields. In 1996, he moved to Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company as the Head of the Treasury Group’s foreign currency Fixed Income and Emerging Markets Trading Desk. He later joined the Treasury Risk Management Group and became responsible for the development of the Bank’s risk management system for monitoring and reporting aggregate risk-taking activity. In 1998, he transferred to SG Securities (Phils.) where he worked as an Investment Analyst focusing on the Philippine banking sector, before moving to ING as Chief Investment Officer of its Philippine asset management unit in 1999. He was voted in surveys conducted by The Asset Magazine as one of the “Most Astute Fixed Income Investors” for the Philippines and the rest of Asia for 2003 up to 2009.
PJ was formerly the president of the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines (FMAP), an association of investment professionals.
He has a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Economics from University of Asia and the Pacific, and a Bachelor of Arts degree Major in Economics from San Beda College.