At 9 o'clock one December morning, Gerard C. Keegan stepped up to a podium at a midtown Manhattan hotel and pitched his company's stock to potential investors.

Less than half an hour later, the president, chairman, and chief executive of Greater New York Savings Bank was on his way to another meeting with would-be clients, only this time the audience was a roomful of schoolchildren and their parents.

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