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 today the appointment of Andres Melgar as Vice President, Branch Manager at the bank’s new San Diego location.

“Andres is a great fit to lead our team with his strong background in both personal and commercial banking along with his close ties to the San Diego community,” said Lindsay Lawrence, Chief Banking Officer of First Foundation Bank. “We are excited to welcome Andres to First Foundation.”

In his new role, Melgar will lead the team in serving existing clients and attracting new relationships, as well as focusing on the team’s development and training. Melgar brings over 10 years of experience in the banking industry, with a majority of those years based in San Diego. He most recently was at Citizens Business Bank as Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender and also spent time as a Branch Manager at several San Diego locations of Union Bank of California. His background in banking, from commercial lending to consumer banking, will allow him to help the team expand and cultivate relationships throughout First Foundation Bank’s San Diego footprint.

The recently relocated San Diego office is located at 4370 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 150.

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