Amerant Bancorp in Coral Gables, Fla., will enter the Tampa, Fla., market after hiring a team of bankers.
The $7.8 billion-asset company said in a press release Thursday that the group will be led by Jason Russek, who was named market president. He previously served as a regional director of commercial banking at BankUnited, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Russek will oversee a team of six commercial bankers.
The office will focus on commercial real estate, along with other commercial and industrial, specialty finance and treasury management services.
“Tampa’s exponential development makes it an ideal location for our ongoing strategic expansion in Florida,” Jerry Plush, Amerant’s chairman, president and CEO, said in the release.
“The area’s appeal is broad, offering excellent schools, world-class entertainment, ease of travel and a strong talent pool of prospective team members,” Plush added.