Virginia National CEO Glen Rust
A former employee wants the company to look at a merger of equals or selling its wealth management operations to increase shareholder value. Management, meanwhile, wants to grow in a way that diversifies income and reduces risk.
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John Buhrmaster, president and CEO of First National Bank of Scotia
Community banks, by and large, appear well-prepared for capital standards that Basel II will phase in beginning in January. Still, concerns remain on how the requirements will shape cost structures and consolidation at smaller institutions.

Bob Beauprez, a former community banker and Republican congressman, is challenging incumbent John Hickenlooper in Colorado's gubernatorial race. A pro-Hickenlooper group has released ads attacking Beauprez's banking ties, including the sale of his bank to First Community Bank in Taos, N.M. That bank failed in 2011.

The private equity firm of Texas billionaire Gerald J. Ford, is planning a tender offer for up to 65% of Mechanics Bank in Walnut Creek, Calif. If completed, the deal would be the first deployment of the $755 million that Ford's fund raised last year.

Sunflower Financial is adding loans and growing in Denver. First Western Financial has tepid loan growth, but its prowess in private banking is enviable. Casual talks between their CEOs led them to the realization they could build on each other's strengths.

It's fashionable to say that community banks need to bulk up to better absorb compliance costs and compete with larger banks, but not all bankers agree. At a panel discussion at American Banker's Regulatory Symposium Monday, three CEOs argued that small banks can thrive by remaining hyperfocused on the communities they serve, while continually finding ways to grow revenues and control expenses.
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Citizens Financial Group, which held an initial public offering Wednesday, will hire 350 mortgage officers and soon announce a new treasury services head, the bank's chief executive told American Banker.

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 purchase of Santa Barbara Tax Products Group is the latest move by the prepaid card pioneer designed to lessen its dependence on retail giant Wal-Mart.

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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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.

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