First Foundation Adds to the Strength of Its Investment Team in Los Angeles

IRVINE, Calif.--()--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company that provides investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services primarily to high-net-worth individuals and businesses, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, First Foundation Advisors, today announced the appointment of Andrew Chan to Portfolio Strategist. Mr. Chan will work out of First Foundation’s West Los Angeles office and will serve on the firm’s investment committee.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Andrew to the firm. He brings additional expertise in the areas of manager research and portfolio construction to our team”

“We are excited to announce the addition of Andrew to the firm. He brings additional expertise in the areas of manager research and portfolio construction to our team,” says First Foundation Advisors President John Hakopian. “As we continue to grow in Los Angeles, we are committed to building a team of experts to serve the needs of our clients.”

Mr. Chan has over 10 years of investment experience and has served in a variety of key roles. Prior to joining First Foundation he served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager at U.S. Trust where he was responsible for managing nearly $650 million in assets for individuals, family offices, and foundations. Mr. Chan also served nationally on U.S. Trust’s External Managers Investment Committee, the Investment Models Committee, the Strategic Technology Committee, and the National Associate Advisory Board.

A graduate of the Wharton School Executive Program on Investment Management and the University of California, Riverside, Mr. Chan is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

First Foundation Advisors saw its assets increase by 24% during 2014. The firm manages $3.2 billion, as of December 31, 2014.

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 Newport Beach, Pasadena, West Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Desert and the Imperial Valley in California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. More information is available at www.ff-inc.com.

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Contacts

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John Michel
Chief Financial Officer
949-202-4160
jmichel@ff-inc.com
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