Who is First Foundation

A financial institution founded in 1990, First Foundation provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust, banking and insurance services.

The company is headquartered in California with offices in Irvine, Newport Beach, Pasadena, West Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Desert, Imperial Valley in California, in Las Vegas, Nevada and now in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. We are a full-service firm that provides complete financial management through its affiliates.

First Foundation’s goal is to offer clients a single source to handle all of their financial needs.


Management Team

  • Rick Keller, Jr., CFP®
    Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Keller established the First Foundation Advisors’ predecessor organization in 1990. During the past 24 years, he has provided the vision and investment management leadership to create an integrated financial company offering wealth management, consulting, trust, and banking services. As the Chairman of the Board, he defines and communicates our corporate values throughout the organization and communities we serve. His knowledge of the economy is a key part in delivering investment management services at First Foundation Advisors. He is a recognized leader in the field of investment advisors and has been named by Worth Magazine as one of the best financial advisors in the country.

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  • Scott F. Kavanaugh
    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Kavanaugh brings proven entrepreneurial executive leadership and a strong knowledge of finance, banking, and real estate to First Foundation and its affiliates. In his role as the CEO of First Foundation, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing the operations of both First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation.

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  • John Hakopian
    President, First Foundation Advisors

    Mr. Hakopian oversees the vision, strategy, operations, and development of the investment management service for the firm. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his focus on results, exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to emphasize people’s core needs continue to drive First Foundation’s management success as the regions’ leading independent wealth advisory firm.

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  • David DePillo
    President, First Foundation Bank

    Mr. DePillo is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the bank. He has over 25 years of financial management, banking, and investment experience, holding management roles at leading banks on the West Coast. He frequently speaks at industry conferences, and is regularly cited in media topics such as lending opportunities, credit factors, and trends in banking. 

  • John M. Michel
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Michel is responsible for the treasury, information technology, financial reporting, and human resource functions. He also provides assistance to other members of the firm’s management team for business development and financial management matters.

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  • Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M.
    ​Executive Vice President and Director of Trust Services and Consulting, First Foundation Bank

    Mr. Freeman provides strategic planning and organizational management advice for business, nonprofit, foundation, and family clients. He brings to First Foundation clients the experience gained as a consultant to nearly 300 family foundations, support organizations and public charities throughout the United States.

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  • Thomas M. Giddings
    Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors

    Mr. Giddings is responsible for developing and managing client portfolios and bringing a broad array of other services to high net worth individuals. He specializes in working with affluent families going through liquidity events with their businesses and real estate as well as working with corporate executives, divorces, and inherited wealth.

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  • Tyler J. Resh
    Director of Marketing and Strategy

    As Director of Marketing and Strategy, Mr. Resh oversees all initiatives related to business development, public relations, communications,  branding, content marketing, event planning, and design and collateral. Mr. Resh also helps guide First Foundation's corporate responsibility initiatives and oversees many of the community events supported by the firm.