NEED FOR KNOW-HOW: "We needed to bring in that kind of talent in northern Virginia," Eagle Bancorp CEO Ronald Paul said about a recent acqusition. "Having first-hand knowledge of the local market is so critical."

Organic Growth Leaders Still Inclined to Pursue Deals

Who says you can't have it all? Banks like Eagle Bancorp and Puget Sound Bank are adding loans at a fast clip, but that hasn't stopped them from looking for deals. Still, such banks must make sure their deals do not wreck the growth engine they already have.

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