At First Foundation, Mr. Thompson is responsible for leading the financial operations, finance teams, and corporate development for First Foundation Bank and First Foundation Advisors.
Mr. Thompson previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Opus Bank where he was responsible for all accounting and finance functions, including financial performance and reporting, strategic planning, treasury, investor relations, tax, and coordination of external auditors and banking regulators. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Mr. Thompson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Midland States Bancorp from 2016-2017 where he provided leadership and guidance in the bank’s strategic business planning and forecasting; evaluated merger and acquisition opportunities; and developed strategies to strengthen relationships with investors, investment bankers, research analysts, and regulatory agencies.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Thompson served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance at Zions Bancorporation, where he managed the capital and planning processes for the $65 billion asset bank, including CCAR and DFAST stress testing, capital adequacy, budgeting and forecasting, and regulatory interactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Thompson served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at $35 billion asset American Express Centurion Bank, where he was responsible for developing the bank’s strategic plan; financial reporting; budgeting and forecasting; and overseeing the Asset/Liability processes. Mr. Thompson joined American Express Centurion Bank in 2006 and also served as the bank’s Controller.
Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and an MBA, both from Brigham Young University. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Utah since 2003.