John R. Torell 3d serves only part time as chairman and chief executive of Fortune Bancorp. But that's enough to have made a big difference at the Clearwater, Fla.-based thrift.

Fortune, which has $2.7 billion in assets, earned $6.4 million in fiscal 1992 after three years of heavy tosses. For the first six months of its 1993 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, Fortune earned $7 million, more than doubling the $3 million profit for the comparable period of fiscal 1992.

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