Comerica Bank and San Diego County Credit Union have battled in recent years to claim the Guinness World Record for "Most Paper Collected in 24 hours."

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Mitchell Feiger, CEO of MB Financial
Mitch Feiger, CEO of MB Financial, along with Mark Hoppe, former Taylor CEO, reflect on the merger, the regulatory environment and keeping key people happy in the highly competitive Chicago market.

The Pittsfield, Mass., bank was honored for a television commercial that features the voice of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma.

Chris Marinac, director of research at FIG Partners
The old taboo against loan purchases is being quietly broken, as small and regional banks with excess liquidity chase higher yields and find a common interest with banks that need to drain some assets.

Bruce Murphy, head of corporate responsibility at KeyCorp
Regulators, advocacy groups and attorneys general are paying close attention to how banks market to and serve different racial and economic groups. There are several things banks can do to protect themselves when putting together a strategic plan.

Deborah Van Valkenburgh, senior vice president of strategic brand management at PNC
In marketing, deciding on a strategy is the easy part. The challenge involves figuring out if it's working. PNC Financial, Regions and other companies at a recent conference discussed how to know if a bank getting a good return on its marketing dollars.
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Hancock CEO Carl Chaney
Prosperity Bancshares and Hancock Holding knew they would lose significant interchange income when they hit the $10 billion mark, but they were not quite ready for the increased regulatory scrutiny that came with that growth.
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Jimmy Tallent, president and CEO of United Community Banks (Image: Adam Komich)
Jimmy Tallent is leading an impressive comeback at United Community Banks in Georgia. But what's even more impressive is that he got the chance.
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Yield-seeking investors have fueled a niche bond business that is financing community banks, through the sale of higher-risk, subordinated debt. It is unclear whether the banks need all that capital.

Capital Bank Financial CEO Eugene Taylor
Capital Bank Financial shares a problem with other investor-backed companies built to make a lot of bank acquisitions: their stocks trade at low premiums because they are overcapitalized, but they are unable to deploy their capital in M&A deals because of those low stock values.

Several cities, including Chicago and Atlanta, have seen dramatic rates of improvement in delinquent commercial loans but are still short of the national norm. That leaves them more vulnerable if another downturn occurs in the highly competitive business-lending market.

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