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First Foundation Announces 2019 Candidates for Pacific Coast Banking School

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, announced today its 2019 candidates for Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS).

As part of its new tuition reimbursement program designed for employees interested in attending PCBS, First Foundation has selected two candidates to attend the highly-regarded executive leadership and financial management program. Michelle Li, a Director of Loan Production for the bank’s commercial real estate lending team, and Andres Melgar, a Branch Manager for the bank’s San Diego location, will join several other First Foundation team members who are already enrolled as students. Attendees who complete the program receive a graduate-level certificate in the Business of Banking from PCBS, as well as a Leadership Certificate from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. They will also have the opportunity to learn from some of First Foundation’s own executives, Rich Christensen and Lorrie Asker, who serve on the faculty.

“As a recent graduate of PCBS, I can attest to the amazing opportunity this is for our team to grow and learn,” said Lindsay Lawrence, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, First Foundation Bank. “I believe it was such a valuable experience to connect and share insights with students and faculty in our everchanging industry.”

First Foundation decided to partner with PCBS as it offers one of the strongest curriculums for those looking to advance their knowledge of the financial services industry, especially in banking.

About Pacific Coast Banking School

Founded in 1938, this prestigious institution boasts over 11,000 alumni with hundreds serving as executive leaders, both nationwide and worldwide. Located on the University of Washington campus, in conjunction with the Foster Graduate School of Business, this program offers a unique combination of world-class faculty and cutting-edge curriculum designed to provide its students with tactics and strategies to address the most pressing issues facing banks today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

About First Foundation

First Foundation, (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial institution founded in 1990, provides private wealth management, personal banking, and business banking. The Company has offices in California, Nevada, and Hawaii with headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.firstfoundationinc.com.

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