After 35 years ... they're just getting it cranked up now! But think about it. On one hand, just like the CEO said: One mistake can wipe out everything that came before it. But on the flip side, you can buy in now and reap the benefits of the past thirty-five years while the earlier investors made nothing or little. That's right: If the bank is sold, it doesn't matter whether you bought in 1978 or you bought in 2013.
But wait ... think about all those fancy shareholder parties you missed at the Sheraton at Military Circle. Remember, the bigger the shareholder meeting, usually the worse the investment. If you had bought Berkshire Hathaway when 30 people came to the meeting, you would have done phenomenal. How well will you do when they have 30,000 people? TOWN and MNRK waste a lot of money on shareholder meetings.
So the original shareholders who died and are now in the cemetery ... do they get to say "I told you so" when HBKS gets bought out ... or are they done? I mean ... let's get this done in our lifetimes.