He has blanketed the eastern half of the country with Wells Fargo branches, kept earnings on an upward streak for 15 straight quarters and avoided many of the pitfalls of his big bank brethren. Wells Fargo's John Stumpf is our Banker of the Year.
From his participation in economic development plans to personally recruiting construction funds and sponsorships for the BOK Center, BOK Financial's retiring CEO has been a central figure in the rebirth of downtown Tulsa.
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.