Scott Kavanaugh, Rick Keller

Scott Kavanaugh, Rick Keller

CEO, First Foundation

WHY: Well-known OC banker; founding stockholder of Commercial Capital Bancorp. At bank upon 2007 founding (see Rick Keller entry), took over as CEO in University of Tennessee grad; North Texas State MBA.

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RECENT: Began issuing dividends in February. Awarded $250K to nonprofits through revamped program.

QUOTABLE: “While a recession affects everyone, Orange County is highly diversified. We have tech, pharma, banking and other industries; this will help weather recessionary trends.”

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