Special Report

2013 Best in Banking

Though many banks have capitalized on the financial crisis, Home BancShares is a leader among that group. It scooped up seven failed banks in Florida and bought two more open, but deeply distressed, ones, a tally few can top.

Simone Lagomarsino has helped turn around a lot of banks, but she'd never seen one in such bad shape. Yet in a phenomenally short amount of time, Lagomarsino has righted the ship at Heritage Oaks Bank.

When ex-Republic Bank of New York executives Joseph DePaolo and John Tamberlane were sketching out their business plan for what would become Signature Bank, they really had no intention of starting a bank at all.

Excerpts from our interview with John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo.

Stumpf's Eventful 2013

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