KEY PRIORITIES: "I have … been a part of too many deals where, in the name of accelerating the cost savings, you screw up what you bought," says Joe Evans, chairman and CEO at State Bank Financial. "My greatest consideration on the front end is building the trust, the mutual understanding [and] the lines of communication."

Georgia Bank Makes Case for Slow, Deliberate Integration

State Bank Financial is in no rush to extract costs from Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, preferring instead to take its time in an effort to retain the best employees and clients.

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