About
First Financial

Our goal is simple: provide the best customer support and best equipment leasing solutions for companies acquiring capital equipment and technology.

Why Choose First Financial

For over 20 years, First Financial has helped businesses discover better leasing options and implement the latest technologies. Our extensive background covers all sectors of leasing including healthcare solutions, material handling & automation, and information technology. We constantly identify new opportunities in the market and pivot when necessary, so we can further expand and improve our offerings. 

Working closely with our clients, through every stage of the leasing process, we create cost-effective, innovative financial products tailored to their objectives. This consultative approach has helped us build lasting relationships with businesses and has made us an industry leader in customer retention.

A new company for a new century.

In 2000, industry veterans Richard Stebbins and Tom Slevin set out to establish a leasing company that offered smart, adaptable, and cost-effective financing solutions. By using a consultative approach and focusing on customer care, First Financial has steadily grown to become one of the largest independent equipment leasing companies in North America.

From the OC to across the country.

First Financial is headquartered in Orange County, CA. To better serve our customers, we’ve established regional offices in cities across the United States and Canada. Staffed with dedicated, experienced team members, these offices are key to delivering outstanding service and a more personalized experience.

Expanding our offerings.

From the very beginning, our goal was to work with customers and businesses of all types. Year after year, we’ve continued to grow our client base, products and service options. Today we are proud to collaborate with an array of companies including middle market firms, vendors, dealers, hospitals and Fortune 500 corporations. Our transactions range from $150k to well over $50 million. 

First Financial is consistently recognized by Monitor magazine as a Top 20 Private Independent lessor, and we appear on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America.

A partnership for the future.

In 2019, First Financial was acquired by JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. with the goal of extending our presence throughout the industry. This put First Financial in a unique position within the leasing community as we gained the backing of a well-established global financing organization.

We look forward to the challenges and opportunities this partnership will bring to our company and to our clients in the years ahead.

Executive Team

Thomas Slevin

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Richard Stebbins

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

John Sandoval

COO/CFO

Dave Sanborne

Senior VP & National Sales Manager

Our Story

2000
Founders Tom Slevin and Richard Stebbins start First Financial Corporate Services in Southern California with one office and a shared telephone.
2004
Rapid expansion triggers corporate headquarters to relocate into larger facility in Southern California, and opening of several new regional offices across North America.
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2010
Debuts on the Monitor’s listing of Top 25 Independent Leasing Company.
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2012
Debuts on the INC 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies.
2016
Surpasses $1B of equipment leases originated since company inception.
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2019
First Financial is acquired by JA Mitsui Leasing and joins a global network of companies reaching 66 countries across a range of diversified markets including IT & Telecom, Electronics, Industrial Machinery, Construction, and Transportation.
2003
Company celebrates hitting $100M mark in total lease originations since its beginning.
2008
First Financial Veteran’s Leasing is formed to support and increase diversity initiatives.
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2011
Recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies.
2013
Established First Financial Canadian Leasing to meet increasing demand for customers throughout North America.
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2018
Celebrates almost 10 years of recognition by Monitor as a Top Independent Leasing Company.