James Herbert's bank is thriving by delivering top-notch service and maintaining strict underwriting standards at a time when many banks are struggling to increase revenues and undercutting each other to win loan business.
Where there's a will, there's a way for Chris Bauer, who guided Anchor through bankruptcy as a means of recapitalizing the once-struggling Wisconsin company. The turnaround was punctuated with the company's October IPO.
Disciplined pursuit of acquisitions and efficient management of a complex business model have earned Mick Blodnick, the retiring CEO of Montana's largest bank, a spot as one of our community bankers of the year.
Ed Clark took Toronto-Dominion Bank from nowhere in the U.S. to the nation's 15th-largest bank holding company in a single decade but his even-keeled, conscientious leadership philosophy is perhaps his most valuable legacy.