CHICAGO — Michael Buza has joined Bank of America as a dealer financial services senior client manager in the Chicago metro area, bank executives announced Monday.

In his new role, Buza will represent a team of financial, product and industry experts who leverage Bank of America's resources to meet the needs of franchised dealers in the Chicago market.

"Bringing Michael on board signifies an increase in our focus on the very important Chicago market," explained Don Fullrich, central region commercial sales manager for Bank of America's auto division.

"Our dealer clients in Chicago will benefit from Michael's considerable knowledge of the dealer business as well as his financial expertise and consultative approach to relationship management," he added.

Buza has 15 years of experience in financial services in the Chicago area. Prior to joining Bank of America, he worked with Comerica Bank since 2000. Before Comerica, Buza was with General Electric Capital and Merrill Lynch, according to executives.