As the President of First American Trust, Kelly Dudley oversees the strategic direction and corporate operations of the Santa Ana, CA based financial services company. Kelly has a proven executive management track record and over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Kelly built a dynamic skill set in the financial industry starting with Bank of America in the early 80’s. He spent 10 years managing the trust operation’s group at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust prior to joining First American in 1994. In 2001, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer responsible for a wide range of departments including areas such as Operations, Real Estate, Tax and Information Technology. In 2010, he was appointed President and has served on the board of First American Trust since 2011.
Working closely with the Board, his strategic initiatives have led First American Trust to double digit growth in each of the last six years. Through his dedication and creative leadership style, Kelly has set in motion company-wide initiatives that continue to provide positive returns while enhancing the client experience.
Under Kelly’s leadership, First American Trust is committed to its employees and proud to be part of the First American Family of companies that were named to FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 2016.
Kelly is an active volunteer in the local community, he is a board member of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and has been a board member of the Orange County Chapter of the United Cerebral Palsy and Head Start programs. Also, Kelly has enjoyed coaching youth roller hockey.
Kelly is married with two kids and lives in Tustin.