I am very excited to present you with this special edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal: The LA500. Los Angeles Business Journal focuses on the people, companies and transactions that have an outsized impact on the business community. This week’s cover image illustrates the powerful glow on the 500 profiled executives, more than 100 of whom are newcomers to the list. Los Angeles is a city of innovators with a growing pool of emerging talent. The executives featured here were selected after months of extensive research, and they represent the diverse array of business leaders that define Los Angeles. I am proud of the eclectic assortment of professionals we have assembled, and we’re confident it will inspire, intrigue and spark conversations. Many of the executives we’ve named you’ll already know, but you’ll also be introduced to some new faces. In the spirit of new, for this year’s LA500 we have renamed some past categories to better represent the surging sectors of the marketplace. For example, we have included “Gaming” in the newly renamed “Sports and Gaming” category. There’s also an increased emphasis on manufacturing and retail — areas of particular growth this past year. I hope you find much to explore — both in print and online — amid the fascinating collection of profiles of those who have made an impact in this great city. I would like to thank our new Editor Scott Robson, and our editorial, production and sales teams for their tireless efforts in bringing this issue to life. Special thanks as well to our sponsors, Greenspoon Marder, Loyola Marymount University and Merrill Private Wealth Management.
Publisher & CEO