Scott Kavanaugh, First Foundation CEO

Scott Kavanaugh, First Foundation CEO


WHY: Well-known OC banker; founding stockholder of Commercial Capital Bancorp. At bank upon 2007 founding, took over as CEO in 2009; University of Tennessee grad; North Texas State MBA.

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RECENT: Issued about 600 PPP loans, totaling $171M; 98% going to clients. Maintains rosy outlook on OC real estate market calling it “red hot.”

QUOTABLE: “We were able to beat on every metric. We do better when interest rates are really low,” Kavanaugh said of the second quarter.