Slideshow 'It's Hand-to-Hand Combat': Week's Best Quotes

  • March 18 2014, 7:30am EDT
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The most notable quotes from American Banker stories of the previous week. Readers are encouraged to add their own observations in the Comments fields at the bottom of each slide.

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On the slow winter that many banks have had, possibly due to cold weather across the country:

"This is probably the first time you will ever hear me use weather as an excuse. It has snowed every day."

— Ed Wehmer, the president and chief executive of Wintrust Financial (WTFC) in Rosemont, Ill.

Related Article: Winter Weather Freezes Momentum in Latest Banking Index

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On BBVA's plans for Simple, a digital-banking firm it bought last month:

"We will not mess with them."

— Manolo Sanchez, CEO of BBVA Compass

Related Article: BBVA 'Will Not Mess With' Simple, U.S. CEO Says

On what a convenience-store employee said about working in bank regulation:

"Your job must suck."

— Steven Antonakes, the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Related Article: Crisis Made Regulation mainstream: CFPB Official

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On the fierce competition among banks for tech employees:

"It's hand-to-hand combat."

— Catherine Bessant, who oversees global technology and operations for Bank of America (BAC)

Related Article: Banks Wage 'Hand-to' Hand Combat' for Tech Talent

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On Citigroup's (NYSE:C) branch network, which is smaller than its megabank rivals':

"I'm not going to be Bank of America, Chase or Wells Fargo. I'm not going to have 4,000-plus branches. Frankly I don't want them."

— William Howle, the chief operating officer of Citi's U.S. consumer and commercial businesses and its head of U.S. commercial banking

Related Article: Citi Unveils Next Step in U.S. Branch Overhaul

On how news of changes in strategy travels quickly in Hawaii's concentrated banking system:

"People know quickly if someone here is trying to make waves."

— Margaret Pettyjohn, executive vice president of retail banking at American Savings Bank

Related Article: Hawaiian Banks Brace for Incursions by Tech-Wielding Mainlanders

On private-equity shop WL Ross' cashing out its investment in BankUnited:

"This was a dream private-equity deal. It was right out of the playbook and worked exactly the way it was supposed to."

— John Kanas, CEO of BankUnited

Related Article: BankUnited Exit Creates 'Mixed Emotions' for Private Equity Investors

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On East River Bank's use of images of a woman with tattoos in a Philadelphia billboard advertisement:

"We are not chasing that Fortune 500 company. We are chasing that small tech company located above the beauty salon."

— Christopher McGill, president and chief executive of East River Bank

Related Article: Philly Bank Shows Its Tattooed Side in New Ads