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2021 LA500: Letter From the Publisher

Once again, on behalf of the Los Angeles Business Journal, it’s my privilege to unveil the newest edition of the LA500, now in its sixth year. The Business Journal has researched, identified and highlighted the most influential, most powerful, and most impactful business professionals in the region. Each year, our editors have the yearlong task of seeking out and then profiling these dynamic leaders who are driving innovation, creativity, community and industry.

The 2021 class of the LA500 was faced with challenges over the past year that many may never have to address again — at least not to the same extent. It was a year of difficulty, tragedy, optimism and achievement. It was a year of growth, in so many ways, for our leaders, our communities and our nation. I believe it was a year that our Community of Business™ can be proud of.

 
 As we honor our region’s most impactful leaders, I want to thank our team of talented individuals for their commitment to producing the Business Journal each week. Through it all, over the past year, they stepped up to ensure readers were always kept informed and connected. They didn’t just produce the weekly editions, online products and digital events; rather, they enhanced them and consistently raised the bar.

 
I’m proud to work with such a dedicated group of media professionals who have all risen to meet the challenge. Many thanks to our internal leadership team of Editor Scott Robson, Creative and Production Director Nina Bays, Advertising Directors Ellen Mazen and Eva Juse, and Executive Director of Events and Marketing Alex Davila.


As we look forward to the next 12 months, we will continue to unveil the stories of businesses who are setting their own bars higher. We look forward to highlighting the great work leaders are doing to keep our Community of Business healthy, strong and together.

 
Congratulations to each member of this year’s LA500, and thank you for continuing to inspire us.
With great respect,

Josh Schimmels
Publisher & CEO

Keep reading the 2021 LA500 special edition.

Josh Schimmels
Josh Schimmels
Josh Schimmels is the Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ). Having previously served as an executive with the LABJ, he returned to the company in April of 2020. Schimmels was Associate Publisher and Vice President at the Business Journal from 2010 to 2015. He began his career in 1999 with a five-year turn at the Business Journal’s sister publication, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Prior to returning to Los Angeles last year, he was with Phoenix-based AZ Big Media, where he served as publisher, contributing six years at the company in two different roles. AZ Big Media publishes nine magazines including Arizona Business magazine, AZRE and Ranking Arizona. It also hosts one of the state’s most-visited websites with an array of digital offerings. Schimmels spent nearly four years as business group publisher at D Magazine Partners in Dallas. There he oversaw a portfolio of publications that included D CEO magazine, D CEO Real Estate Annual, Dallas 500, D CEO Healthcare, along with its custom publishing division. During his tenure, D CEO magazine was named the country’s Best Regional Business Magazine three times by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP). Josh holds an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He’s passionate about his work in the community. As a Stage IV blood cancer survivor, he works as a patient advocate to help cancer patients and families through volunteering, fundraising, leadership volunteer positions and public speaking on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). He has served on numerous community boards and committees including AABP, LLS, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall. Josh has completed the Ironman triathlon twice and spends much of his free time in nature, where he enjoys adventures in the mountains.
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