First Foundation Bank conducts staff moves in the Equipment Finance Department

First Foundation Bank has made several promotions within its Equipment Finance department, promoting Ryan Gilbert to Credit Analyst III, Tyler Chu to Credit Analyst II, Stacey Thompson to Rental/Service Specialist Loan II and Nelly Caravez as Leasing Specialist / Loan Service II. Additionally, First Foundation has added Kylie Link as a Rental/Loan Services Specialist I.

Gilbert joined First Foundation in 2016 as Credit Analyst I. Gilbert will now help manage First Foundation’s credit team’s workflow and answer questions from other credit analysts, helping to ensure that policies, procedures and service standards are followed. Gilbert reports to Garrett Reetz, vice president and chief credit officer of First Foundation.

Chu joined First Foundation in 2020 as a Credit Analyst I with a background in small business lending. Chu will increase his responsibilities in support of Reetz and the entire corporate credit team.

Thompson joined First Foundation in 2017 as a Lease/Loan Services Specialist I with a background in equipment financing documentation and finance. Thompson will increase her responsibilities in support of Bree Johnson, vice president and chief operating officer of First Foundation, and the entire corporate operations team.

Caravez joined First Foundation in 2018 as a Lending Operations Assistant. Caravez will increase his responsibilities in support of Johnson and the entire corporate operations team.

Link has experience meeting the financial needs of small businesses. Link will provide customer service while handling title, insurance and documentation work. Link will report to Johnson.

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