CINCINNATI -- After a year at the helm of Star Bane Corp., Jerry A. Grundhofer is winning Wall Street's support. But he says more must be done if the company is to remain independent.

Chairman and chief executive of the $8 billion-asset Star Bane, Mr. Grundhofer has Seen his banking company elicit a number of "buy" recommendations recently and for good reason Demonstrating robust loan growth, tight efficiency, and clean credit quality, Star Bane delivered a hefty 1.46% annualized return on average assets in 1994's first half.

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