When BT Alex. Brown held an investor conference on super community banking in New York this month, it trotted out some heavyweights-Sovereign Bancorp of Pennsylvania, $15 billion; Utah's Zions Bancorp., $9 billion; and New York's Albank Financial Corp., $4.5 billion.

But also invited to share the stage that day was Greater Bay Bancorp, which has less than $1 billion of assets.

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