SOURCE: First Foundation Inc.

First Foundation Inc.

October 06, 2011 12:11 ET

First Foundation Expands Into University Town Center

Financial Services Firm Announces Opening of San Diego Office

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - First Foundation Inc. ("First Foundation") a provider of integrated financial services headquartered in Irvine, has opened a San Diego office. The new office continues First Foundation's expansion into major metropolitan areas of California.

The new office, located in Chancellor Park at 4510 Executive Way, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92121, will offer clients integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services.

Scott Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation, stated, "We are pleased to open this new office in San Diego to better serve our existing clients in the area and to provide new clients with First Foundation services. We have put together an exceptional team of professionals that are committed to building relationships and best serving the community."

First Foundation Bank private banking services will be led by Vice President Carl Vonderau. Previously with San Diego Private Bank and Northern Trust, Vonderau brings over 30 years of personal, commercial and international banking experience to the bank.

Vonderau will be joined by trust administration veteran Melissa Hall. Hall has over 40 years experience in managing complex family trusts and trusts for surviving spouses with compassion and understanding. Prior to joining First Foundation, Hall held positions at U.S. Bank and San Diego Trust and Savings Bank.

Jan Carmen, a managing director with First Foundation Advisors, will develop and manage client investment portfolios. Carmen, who joined the company in April, has over twenty-five years experience working with high net-worth clientele.

The office will employ 13 employees including a full service banking branch. The office's direct dial phone line is (858)875-0425.

About First Foundation
First Foundation is a financial institution with over 20 years of experience that provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services. First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank are wholly owned subsidiaries of First Foundation Inc. The company is headquartered in Irvine with offices in Pasadena, San Diego and La Quinta, California. For more information, please visit our website at

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