Douglas M. Lester, chairman and chief executive of Trans Financial Bancorp, has made no secret of his ambitious plans for the Bowling Green, Ky.-based institution.

Since he joined the company in 1984, Trans Financial's assets have grown tenfold, to $1.6 billion. So far in 1994, the bank has completed three acquisitions in its Kentucky and Tennessee markets, and Mr. Lester said another announcement is likely before yearend. He has said the institution could reach $5 billion of assets within five years.

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