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How I Made It: Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith

The gig: Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith, 53, has orchestrated award-winning work for brands including Nike and Gatorade, the latter involving the adoption of the more edgy "G" in packaging and marketing the sports drink. Since 2011, Smith has been chief executive and chief creative officer of...

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  • Alessandro Uzielli is a driving force in Ford's presence in Hollywood
    Alessandro Uzielli is a driving force in Ford's presence in Hollywood

    The gig: Alessandro F. Uzielli is the head of Ford Motor Co.'s Global Brand and Entertainment division. At 47, this great-great-grandson of Henry Ford is responsible for ensuring Ford vehicles a high profile in Hollywood movies and TV shows. (That's why James Bond drove a Ford Mondeo in "Casino...

  • How I Made It: Jeff Meyers
    How I Made It: Jeff Meyers

    The gig: Jeff Meyers, 55, is president of Meyers Research, a Beverly Hills housing market research and consulting firm. Meyers has been in the business for nearly 30 years, helping home builders figure out where to build and helping investors and lenders decide where to put their money. In 2012,...

  • Shelley Rouillard checks up on health plans in California
    Shelley Rouillard checks up on health plans in California

    The gig: As director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, Shelley Rouillard is the chief regulator for health plans that cover more than 21 million Californians. She's also a major player in the state's implementation of the federal health law.

  • Lee Maen's passion is dishing up new restaurants
    Lee Maen's passion is dishing up new restaurants

    The gig: Lee Maen, 46, is one of the founding partners of Innovative Dining Group and helped create some of the most popular restaurants and lounges in Los Angeles, including Boa Steakhouse, Sushi Roku and Katana. Maen opened his first restaurant, Sushi Roku Hollywood, six months after graduating...

  • Building real estate bonds
    Building real estate bonds

    The gig: Jeff Hyland, 67, is president of Hilton

  • How I Made It: Billy O'Grady, City National Bank tech start-up advisor
    How I Made It: Billy O'Grady, City National Bank tech start-up advisor

    The gig: Billy O'Grady, 31, heads the Southern California technology and venture capital banking group at City National Bank. Based in Santa Monica, O'Grady advises technology start-ups and their employees on banking and wealth management decisions. He also helps companies get money between fundraising...

  • A champagne career for Welk Resort Group's president
    A champagne career for Welk Resort Group's president

    The gig: Jon Fredricks, 51, is president of the Welk Resort Group, part of the business empire built by his grandfather, bandleader Lawrence Welk, a North Dakota farmer's son with a fourth-grade education. Welk, who died in 1992, is best known for what he called "champagne music," popularized on...

  • How I Made It: Yves Potvin
    How I Made It: Yves Potvin

    The gig: Yves Potvin, 58, founded Garden Protein International, which is best known for its Gardein line of meat-free foods. Products by the private company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Marina del Rey, can be found in 22,000 North American supermarkets, pulling in nearly $100 million in...

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