It's been a dreary holiday season and the world of finance is feeling it hard. According to labor-tracking firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, the financial sector cut 91,356 jobs - just in November. That's the largest cut since September 2001 and brings the 2008 total to more than 220,000 jobs.

One San Diego bank has looked to tap this growing pool of bankers. Torrey Pines Bank is only five years old and has grown from under $100 million in total assets to over $800 million. The bank's president and chief executive, Gary Cady, credits his management team and employees for the bank's success, despite playing in a tough market.

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