From a union march in Denver, to the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, it has been a busy year for Edward Grebow, the president and chief executive of Amalgamated Bank.

Since the $4 billion-asset bank received a $100 million investment from private-equity funds WL Ross and Yucaipa last fall, Grebow has diversified the product line of the nation's biggest union-owned bank, which had been struggling under a pile of bad loans.

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