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, announced they have appointed Shelly O’Byrne as Senior Vice President, Director of Trust Services.

In this role, O’Byrne will be located in the firm’s headquarters in Irvine, CA, and will oversee the Trust department by leading the team, supporting existing client relationships, and furthering the growth and development of new connections.

O’Byrne brings 20 years of experience in both financial planning and trust services, and throughout her career has maintained an emphasis on a collaborative approach to drive new business. Her knowledge of trust services has come from years of serving as an officer and manager within trust departments of several organizations. Prior to joining First Foundation, she was a Vice President and Trust Office Manager at Bank of the West, and previously was a Trust Team Manager at Wells Fargo. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, and a Certified Financial Planner.

“We are very excited to welcome Shelly to the First Foundation team. Her background in trust services and financial planning make her a perfect fit to lead our Trust department,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation. “As the demand for our trust services increases, Shelly’s leadership experience will be vital to support the next phase of our growth and help us deliver the solutions that our clients value.”

In addition to serving as the Director of Trust Services, O’Byrne will also lead the Foundation Services team. Given the strategic importance of providing for the wealth and well-being of its clients, this team, coupled with O’Byrne’s leadership, is well-positioned to leverage the synergies that exist across all departments of the company.

“I have always held First Foundation in high regard and I am excited be a part of the growing and dynamic team. The trust solutions offered here, coupled with banking, wealth management, and insurance services, and delivered through a high-touch model are a great fit for the markets we serve,” said O’Byrne.

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