High-performing community bankers often speak at "dog and pony shows"- informational meetings at which banks can display strengths and discuss performance.

They are serious get-togethers run by investment bankers. At the two I attended recently-one hosted by New York's Sandler O'Neill & Partners and the other by McConnell, Budd & Downes, Morristown, N.J.-the strongest drink I saw was Diet Pepsi.

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