BankUnited, in Miami Lakes, Fla., has promoted Michael McClanahan to the newly created position of Orlando market president.

McClanahan will be responsible for expanding the $21.3 billion-asset bank's presence in central Florida.

"We began early this year to start to spread out our loan origination mechanism across the state and we are finding that we are getting a very, very strong early indication from areas like Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville," John Kanas, BankUnited's chairman and chief executive, said on a conference call last month with analysts, according to a company press release.

McClanahan joined BankUnited as a market executive in 2014 after a stint with CNL Bank, a commercial lender in Orlando. He also was CEO of Orange Bank in Orlando. The bank merged with Floridian Bank in Daytona Beach last year.

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