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First Foundation Appoints Additional Private Banker to Meet Needs of West LA Client Base

May 29, 2014

Seasoned Banker to Serve Westside High-Net-Worth Families and Middle-Market Businesses

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Foundation Inc., a financial services company that provides investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust, banking and insurance services primarily to high-net-worth individuals and businesses, today announced the appointment of James M. Fenton to Private Banker in its West Los Angeles office located at 10850 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. Mr. Fenton joins the firm as Vice President at First Foundation Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Foundation Inc.

"West Los Angeles is a priority growth market for our brand," said David Rahn, President of First Foundation Bank. "Jim’s experience serving wealthy entrepreneurs, executives and families, as well as the plethora of entertainment companies and other businesses in this market, will be critical as we look to expand our offering and meet the full range of financial needs of our clients. He will work closely with our RIAs and financial planners in this office to provide a truly integrated offering," he added.

Prior to joining First Foundation, Mr. Fenton worked for Charles Schwab and Ameriprise Financial as a regional banking manager and regional director, respectively. He is actively involved with Junior Achievement of Southern California and El Segundo Education Foundation.

About First Foundation

First Foundation, a financial institution founded in 1990, provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services. The company is headquartered in Irvine with offices in Irvine, Newport Beach, Pasadena, West Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Desert and the Imperial Valley in California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit our website at

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