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  • How I Made It: Simon 'Si' Ramo

    How I Made It: Simon 'Si' Ramo

    The gig: Simon "Si" Ramo helped lead the Cold War development of the intercontinental ballistic missile, which could send a nuclear warhead thousands of miles. The aerospace pioneer co-founded two Fortune 500 companies, including TRW Inc., for which he built a sprawling campus in Redondo Beach...

  • Developer David Wilstein has made his mark on Los Angeles

    Developer David Wilstein has made his mark on Los Angeles

    The gig: David Wilstein, 86, is founder and president of Realtech Construction Co., one of Los Angeles' oldest and largest commercial real estate development firms. Since its founding in 1976, he has overseen more than 100 projects, including high-rise office towers, medical buildings, apartments,...

  • Bob Rogers makes an impression on museum and theme park visitors

    Bob Rogers makes an impression on museum and theme park visitors

    The gig: Bob Rogers, 64, is founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts, a design and production company that creates what it dubs "visitor experiences," including theme park attractions, museum displays, corporate tours and world expo pavilions.

  • How I Made It: Gene Seroka

    How I Made It: Gene Seroka

    The gig: Gene Seroka, 50, is executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest seaport. The former shipping line executive, who started in the job four months ago, manages an organization with a $939-million budget that handled $285.4 billion worth of cargo last year. The region's...

  • How I Made It: Maker Studios strategy chief Courtney Holt

    How I Made It: Maker Studios strategy chief Courtney Holt

    The gig: Courtney Holt is chief strategy officer at Maker Studios, a Culver City media company that manages and develops major YouTube personalities such as PewDiePie and produces online programming such as "Epic Rap Battles of History." Its 55,000 YouTube channels draw more than 9 billion monthly...

  • How I Made It: Novica Chief Executive Roberto Milk

    How I Made It: Novica Chief Executive Roberto Milk

    The gig: Roberto Milk, 40, is chief executive and a co-founder of Novica, which searches the globe for artists unknown outside their local areas. The Santa Monica company gives them an online sales platform and a forum for their stories. "We have introduced people all over the world to crafts people...

  • How I Made It: Pardee Properties owner Tami Pardee

    How I Made It: Pardee Properties owner Tami Pardee

    The gig: Tamra "Tami" Pardee, 43, is the owner and principal broker of Pardee Properties in Venice. Her company employs 38 agents who specialize in Westside residential properties in Venice, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista and nearby areas.

  • How I Made It: California Fashion Assn. president Ilse Metchek

    How I Made It: California Fashion Assn. president Ilse Metchek

    The gig: Ilse Metchek is president of the California Fashion Assn., which puts her in the perfect spot to be the connector and self-described "class historian" for the Southland's fashion and retail industry. Metchek oversees a roster of more than 400 members involved in the state's apparel and...

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