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First Foundation’s Scott Kavanaugh, Rick Keller, and Lindsay Lawrence Named Among Orange County’s Most Influential Business Leaders on “OC500” List

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM) (“First Foundation”), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, today announced that three members of the firm’s executive team, Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO at First Foundation, Rick Keller, Chairman at First Foundation, and Lindsay Lawrence, EVP, COO at First Foundation Bank, have been listed on the “OC500” list compiled by the Orange County Business Journal.

The Orange County Business Journal’s fourth annual “OC500” features 500 people driving economic growth in the area, including the most powerful business people and opinion shapers in the region. The executives featured were selected after months of extensive research in dozens of industries and business categories that dominate Orange County.

Scott Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation, provides strategic leadership and oversees the growth and development of both First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank. His leadership has contributed to the company’s continued success over the past twelve years. Under his direction, the bank has completed a total of four mergers to strengthen the company’s geographic reach and enhance its service offering. Most recently, he led First Foundation to become one of the most civic minded companies in Orange County for the second year in a row, as compiled by the Orange County Business Journal’s Civic 50 list.

Rick Keller, Chairman of First Foundation, established the First Foundation Advisors’ predecessor organization in 1990. He has provided the vision and investment management leadership to create an integrated financial services company offering wealth management, consulting, trust services and banking. His continued focus on the client’s needs and building true relationships, as well as his economic insights, have led First Foundation Advisors to continue its growth and success.

Lindsay Lawrence, EVP, COO of First Foundation Bank, holds a vital role in the bank’s day-to-day operations as well as in the long-term strategy and evolution. Her role requires her to lead several teams and drive operational efficiency within the bank. She has been responsible for growing the bank’s deposits in a little over three years by over 250% as well as implementing new enterprise delivery processes to better serve clients and enhance the client experience.

The November 4, 2019 edition of the Orange County Business Journal highlights the business leaders.

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.firstfoundationinc.com.

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