2018 LABJ Business Hall of Fame

2018 LABJ Business Hall of Fame Photo by Ron Murray

Accountant, lawyer and now banker, Kevin Kim made history helping to shepherd the first voluntary merger of equals between two Korean-American banks – Center Bank and Nara Bank – into BBCN. Then he did it again when BBCN joined with Wilshire Bank to create w, an institution with assets in excess of $14 billion that Kim now leads as chief executive. The deals have produced “the first truly regional Korean-American bank,” as noted on page 30 in the profile of the Business Journal’s Business Leader of the Year for 2018 in the Finance category.

The Business Journal singled out Michael Burke, chief executive of Century City-based engineering giant Aecom, as the Business Person of the Year for 2018 for his visionary execution of Aecom’s bold acquisition of larger rival, URS Corp., not to mention numerous other deals that have made the firm a global presence. Turn to page 20 to read about how Aecom is investing for the future, both globally and in its hometown.

2018 BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

All About Strategy: How Aecom’s Michael Burke Built a Behemoth

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: SERVICES

Zealous Advocate All Around: Glaser Built Firm’s Lineup of Lawyers Into an “Embarrassment of Riches”

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR:FINANCE

Hope’s Guiding Hand: CEO of ‘Super-Regional’ Bank Likes Outlook for Korean-American Market

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR:REAL ESTATE

Horne of Plenty: Head of CBRE’s Regional Operations has Ample Resources, Listening Skills

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR:EDUCATION

Vested in Biotech: Doumani, Business Center Boons for UCLA

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: HEALTH CARE

Professor as Entrepreneur: UCLA’s Belldegrun on to Next Biopharma Enterprise

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