Former CertusBank executives Milton Jones (left), and Walter Davis
The lawsuit claims that Benjamin Weinger of 3-Sigma Value conspired with certain directors to defame the executives before the board fired them earlier this month.

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Harvard Illinois Bancorp wants to name the son of a retiring director to replace him. It says the son is qualified for the job, but investor Joseph Stilwell -- who is backing another nominee to the board -- disagrees.

Suffolk Bancorp CEO Howard Bluver
Bigger banks have shifted their efforts to deposit growth in advance of proposed liquidity rules. As a result, community banks are seeing more opportunities to lend, particularly in commercial lines that were once the domain of larger lenders.

Vincent Siciliano, CEO of New Resource Bank
Some banks have built their entire strategy around being ecofriendly while others dabble in this area. Regardless, being environmentally conscious can help bring in new business.

Banc of California CEO Steven Sugarman
How the Puerto Rican company's decision to sell operations in California, Illinois and central Florida fit into the plans of three community banks looking to grow.

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Board members and prospects are nervous about personable liability, given a rise in government lawsuits against former directors of failed banks. While banks typically carry insurance for directors, it is unclear how much protection those policies provide.

Umpqua CEO Ray Davis
The Portland, Ore., company aquired Sterling Financial last week. Though it created a $22 billion-asset regional player in the Pacific Northwest, CEO Ray Davis says the bank can keep its identify as a community bank.
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SunTrust's efficiency decline in the first quarter overshadowed a 16% profit increase, underscoring how shareholders and others are thoroughly scrutinizing bank spending in a low-growth era.
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U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis (Bloomberg News)
Executives at U.S. Bancorp, PNC and Huntington all sounded cautiously optimistic about lending opportunities and each has a favorite region when it comes to finding borrowers.

CARS Inc. and others in the CDFI industry hope that making financial data easier to obtain will spur more people to invest in the sector.

Joseph Stilwell used a photo of the then-chairman of Harvard Illinois snoozing at last year's annual meeting as part of his fight for representation on the board. Harvard's board accused Stilwell of waging his battle "in the gutter."

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