Other than owner John McArthur, few knew the inner workings of Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods in Crestwood, Mo., so well as his lending officer at St. Louis-based Boatmen's Bancshares.

So when this officer moved to nearby Southwest Bank after NationsBank Corp.'s purchase of Boatmen's in 1997 and a subsequent merger with the former BankAmerica Corp., Mr. McArthur naturally followed him.

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