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Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024

LA500 2024: Dana Roberts

Chair, Chief Executive, C.W. Driver Cos.

Roberts’ first job as a teenager in 1970 was alongside his father, a superintendent at C.W. Driver. Roberts obtained an ownership stake in the company in 1981 and assumed full ownership in 1987, the same year he became chief executive. Recently, the 105-year-old company completed a $68.4 million new classroom building at UC Santa Barbara, a $33 million creative office building in Santa Monica, and a $37.8 million mixed-use development for Begonia Temple City. The firm also broke ground on a $100 million high school in Malibu for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and two student housing buildings for Cal State Northridge.

What’s the best advice you ever got?
My father always said to treat everyone with respect.

What’s your favorite movie, all the time, and in any category?
“Hoosiers” – I was a basketball player for a long time, and it is a great story about the underdog overcoming challenges and succeeding.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
I have already hit all my bucket list items, but there are new ones that come up all the time.

What’s the best thing about living in Los Angeles?
The best things about living in L.A. are the weather, there are so many things to do and you can get anywhere in the world from L.A. It’s centrally located and internationally recognized.

YEARS ON LA500: 5

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