What made BBT great are people like Barry and Jerry from Richmond Virginia. They started a bank, from ground zero. Built up a great customer following, and when they got squeezed by the big banks, sold to BB&T. They are retiring from banking this week. They are the reason that BB&T is getting big into Virginia.
Fidelity Federal/BB&T will miss you guys. You did for banking what few people ever did for any business.