Harrison Barnes Scores a Fast Break

A little before ten o’clock in the morning on July 28, 2022, Steve Miller, the CEO of Communities First Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Fresno First Bank, received an email from someone claiming to be interested in the banking company’s stock. The person had questions and was wondering if Miller had time the next day to answer them. “At first I assumed it was spam,” Miller says, “but there was enough information to know it was a legitimate note.” Miller gets plenty of emails each day but rarely from prospective investors, particularly ones from as far away as Chicago. The…

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John Maxfield


John Maxfield is a freelance writer for Bank Director magazine. He was previously the senior banking specialist at The Motley Fool. He regularly writes for Bank Director magazine and BankDirector.com. His work has been syndicated widely to national publications including USA Today, Time and Business Insider, and he’s been a regular guest on CNBC. John has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lewis & Clark College and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. He’s a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon.

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