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, today announced that two members of the firm’s executive team, Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO at First Foundation, and Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M., have been listed on the inaugural “OC500” list compiled by the Orange County Business Journal.

“We’re extremely proud of Scott and Doug for having been named to this prestigious list,” remarked Rick Keller, Chairman of First Foundation. “It’s well-deserved for their leadership and outstanding commitment to serving the Orange County community. On behalf of the entire team, I congratulate them on this honor.”

The Orange County Business Journal’s first-ever “OC500” features 500 people driving economic growth in the area, including the most powerful business people and opinion shapers in the region. These 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 successful IPO in 2014, the expansion into new geographic markets, including into Hawaii and the Northern California Bay area, and has most recently led First Foundation to become one of the fastest growing companies in Orange County, as compiled by the Orange County Business Journal.

Doug Freeman, Executive Vice President at First Foundation Bank, is the founder of National Philanthropy Day, proclaimed by Congress and celebrated throughout the U.S. since 1986. He has provided more than 300 family foundations, support organizations, and public charities with strategic planning, organizational management, and fundraising advice. Doug is also the author of three books and more than 30 articles on philanthropy and wealth planning. His seminal book, published in 2009, is entitled The Legacy Family… The Definitive Guide to Creating a Successful Multigenerational Family.

The November 14, 2016 edition of the publication will highlight the business leaders. An event was held Wednesday night, November 9, at The Resort at Pelican Hill, to celebrate their professional and personal achievements.

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.