The leaders honored at the Business Journal’s 2018 Business Hall of Fame Awards ceremony last week have earned substantial success and attention for themselves and their companies.
Their accomplishments also have touched countless lives in broad and positive ways.
Consider Dr. Arie Belldegrun, co-founder of Kite Pharma Inc., whose profile you can read on page 35. The Business Journal named Belldegrun as Business Leader of the Year for 2018 in the Health Care category for a life dedicated to finding cures for cancer—as a professor and surgeon at UCLA, an author of numerous scientific papers on the disease, and creator of several drug companies that aim to end it. His most recent endeavor, Kite, sold for $12 billion last year.
Roy Doumani, another founding force behind Kite Pharma and several other businesses, including a bank, a real estate firm and other biotech companies, has used his edgy business savvy and innovative resourcefulness to create the UCLA Business of Science Center. A “biotech hero,” as one contributor in Doumani’s profile on page 32 referred to him, Doumani has shown UCLA how to turn science and intellectual property into dollars, and is making sure that the next generation is learning that as well. The Business Journal named Doumani Business Leader of the Year for 2018 in the Education category.
Patricia Glaser has to fight - often in the public eye - on behalf of famous legal clients embroiled in drama. Glaser and the attorneys at her Century City law firm maintain a laser focus on cases to live up to Glaser’s convictions for advocacy and due process – a passion that played a key part in her honors as Business Leader of the Year for 2018 in the Services category. For more, please read her profile on page 28.
Lew Horne brings a surprising breadth of creativity to his duties as president of the Southern California-Hawaii division of CBRE Group Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Horne oversees thousands of employees across 16 regional offices that manage more than 80 million square feet of commercial property. He maintains his outfit’s standing as a leader in the industry by creating ways to stay ahead of the industry’s fierce competition. It’s a matter of “trying to get to the future first,” as you’ll see on page 34. Horne’s forward-thinking mentality and methodology brought him honors as the Business Journal’s Business Leader of the Year for 2018 in the Real Estate category.