Oct. 25 marked a rare event: A banking company announced three deals in three separate states. Gold Banc Corp. (Nasdaq: GLDB) of Leawood, Kan., is the buyer, planning acquisitions in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Not surprisingly, the target banks are small. Gold Banc itself is small, though it is growing rapidly via an aggressive supercommunity banking strategy built around piecing together a network of small banks in diverse markets. And Gold Banc officials aren't timid about their goal--to create "America's premier community banking and financial services company."

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