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Michael DanielsonChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Valley Bank & Trust Co.

Vital Statistics

Age: 55

Where born: Sacramento, Calif.

Family: Wife, Romy, and children, Eric and Kristen.

Education: Stanford University, bachelor's degree in economics, 1956; Stonier Graduate School of Banking, 1972; and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Executive Program, 1979.

Primary products: Financial.

Primary markets: Utah.

Number of employees: 613.

Annual sales: Total assets slightly in excess of $1 billion.

Personality Profile:

First "real" job: After four years in the U.S. Navy, I worked at the Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco.

Management style: Participative.

Strategy for success: Employ well-qualified people. Let them manage. My job is to monitor and encourage.

A memorable failure: I was 11 years old in Oakland and I wasn't selected to be the paper route boy. It came down to two of us. The man hiring the carrier selected the other boy because he was bigger in stature and had a bigger bike. It took me a long time to get over that, but I haven't lost a lot of competitive bouts since.

Heroes: McNeal/Lehrer Report for balanced reporting.

Leisure time and hobbies: Skiing, woodcutting and fly fishing for trout and steelhead.

Favorite book and movie: Books by LeCarre, Movie: Top Gun.