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First Foundation Announces Lindsay Lawrence Selection on American Banker’s “The Most Powerful Women in Banking: Next” List

May 1, 2019

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2019--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 selection of Lindsay Lawrence, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, to American Banker’s inaugural “ Next ” list, an extension of the Most Powerful Women in Banking program.

The Most Powerful Women in Banking: Next list recognizes 15 women who have set themselves apart as leaders in the financial services industry. She joins the list amongst women who are seen to have the potential for an extraordinary and influential career in banking.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor,” said Lindsay Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of First Foundation Bank. “I am proud to stand beside all the other recipients who are changing the landscape of financial services as we work to build a strong future for female leaders in the industry.”

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Lawrence runs First Foundation Bank’s day-to-day operations as well as plays a vital role in shaping the strategy and evolution of the firm. In addition to driving operational efficiencies within the bank, she is responsible for growing funding sources, including deposits from relationship and specialty banking, and overseeing efforts related to treasury management and enterprise delivery services to enhance the client experience.

“Lindsay is intelligent, charismatic, and driven to succeed, which makes her a natural selection for this award,” said David DePillo, President of First Foundation Bank. “She is a true force for positive change in our company and I have no doubt she will continue to be a powerful leader in the banking industry for many years to come.”

Lawrence will be honored at the American Banker’s annual LEAD conference in New York, City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

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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CONTACT: First Foundation Inc.

Tyler Resh

Director of Marketing and Strategy

949-202-4131

tresh@ff-inc.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANKING FINANCE CONSUMER

SOURCE: First Foundation Inc.

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