Eight acquisitions in two years have positioned CenterState as one of Florida's breakout banks. Meanwhile, Corbett's shrewd maneuver into correspondent banking as others were exiting the business has generated new revenue streams.
The Bethesda, Md., bank Paul founded in 1998 has reported increased profits in 15 straight quarters, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. Paul's relentless pavement pounding has yielded lasting and profitable relationships.
The Flint, Mich., company was on the ropes when Nash took it over in 2009, but by mid-2011 it was making money again. Investors liked what they saw, and were even happier in September when the company announced it would sell itself to FirstMerit.
Technologists are obsessed with it. Banks have invested in it. And unlike most mobile payments products, customers are actually using it. With Square, the Twitter co-founder is on the leading edge again.