J. Stanley Mackin hasn't quite started a revolution, but he has lit a fire under one of the South's most conservative banks.

Since taking over as chairman and chief executive of First Alabama Bancshares Inc. three years ago. Mr. Mackin has coordinated an acquisition binge such as the company hasn't seen since the 1970s. Since 1990, six deals have been consummated, increasing First Alabama's size 45% to $8.1 billion of assets.

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