Peyton Patterson
President and CEO, BNC Financial/Bankwell Financial

The tireless Peyton Patterson says she has a five-year strategic plan for Connecticut's BNC Financial. If the first 12 months of her tenure are any indication, it's going to be a busy five years.

Already Patterson has announced a $5 million acquisition, a planned capital raise, an expansion into wealth management and a rebranding that will bring the company's Bank of New Canaan and Bank of Fairfield franchises under the same new name, Bankwell Financial.

"There's no shortage of things to do," says Patterson, who is aiming to double assets from the current $631 million. Her track record indicates she can do it. Patterson is the former CEO of NewAlliance Bancshares, which she grew from a sleepy Connecticut thrift (it was called New Haven Savings Bank when she started there) into one of New England's largest depository institutions until it was sold in 2011 to First Niagara Financial Group.

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