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First Foundation Bank Promotes Lindsay Lawrence to Chief Operating Officer

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 the promotion of Lindsay Lawrence from Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of First Foundation Bank.

“Lindsay has been a valued member of our team since she started with us in 2015, and has continued to deliver results time and again on strategic initiatives across the firm,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation. “Her strong leadership ability gives me tremendous confidence as she steps into her new role.”

Lindsay joined First Foundation Bank in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Director of Depository Services and most recently served as Chief Banking Officer. In her roles with First Foundation Bank, she has overseen bank operations and the significant deposit growth over the last two years. She was also responsible for the expansion of the retail branches, launch of the specialty deposits group as well as building out the teams focused on treasury management and digital delivery. Her focus has always included building integrated processes to help ensure client satisfaction across all channels of the bank, including the implementation of several core system initiatives.

“Lindsay has consistently demonstrated an exceptional capacity to work amongst our dynamic teams and effectively manage the firm’s complex operational activities,” said David DePillo, President of First Foundation Bank. “She’s been a driving source of First Foundation Bank’s growth and success, and as we enter into an exciting period of expansion, this role is a perfect fit.”

Prior to joining First Foundation, Lawrence was the Commercial Deposits Executive at Umpqua Bank, and before that the Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer at Opus Bank. She has held executive leadership roles at several regional banks where she focused on client growth and firm development. Lawrence earned her MBA degree from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and BS degree in communications from Northwestern University. Additionally, she was named an Orange County Metro “40 Under 40” in 2011 for her professional achievements and community service involvement.

About First Foundation

First Foundation, 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.ff-inc.com.

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