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Mark Schroeder has led the Jasper, Ind., company to six straight years of record profit by sticking to simple model that emphasizes relationship banking and small, strategic acquisitions.

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Community banks are increasingly looking to fintech firms as a way to offer customers the tech they want in order to be competitive.

The veteran banker, who is taking the nonexecutive chairman post at Republic First Bancorp in Philadelphia after a long hiatus from the U.S. market, stands by the model he pioneered at Commerce despite a much-changed environment.

Kevin S. Kim thought he was joining a bank board to bring youth to an aging slate of directors. Eight years, four acquisitions and a banking crisis later, he is now the chief executive of the nation's largest Korean-American bank.

Three fund managers and two advisory firms have soured on PrivateBancorp's planned sale to CIBC, raising the possibility that investors could nix the deal. What would happen next is anyone's guess.

Nearly a decade after he was forced to resign as CEO of Commerce Bank in Cherry Hill, N.J., the retail banking innovator was named chairman at Republic First Bancorp, which has adopted many of Commerce's practices.

Anthony Labozzetta, CEO of Sussex Bancorp in New Jersey, isn't afraid of change. His unusual approach to banking helped Sussex emerge from the financial crisis with momentum. Now he's building a branch model that could serve as a blueprint for growth-minded banks.

The Music City is booming because of entertainment and health care. Still, banks are monitoring growth in areas such as real estate development for signs of stress.

Construction loans are a big source of interest income for community banks but also carry a lot of risk. A few fintech firms say their platforms can reduce the risk and improve the lending process.

The billionaire investor will soon step down from the New Jersey company's board as he prepares to become Commerce secretary. The appointment, however, shouldn't force any changes in his firm's holdings or its investment in the banking sector.

NewDominion Bank created a new slogan and marketing campaign to target younger prospects and newcomers to Charlotte, N.C. Only time will tell if the effort will succeed and help the bank survive on its own.

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