How I Made It

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Jordan Cohen scores as real estate agent for professional athletes

The gig: Jordan Cohen, 48, is the estate director for RE/MAX Olson & Associates Estate Brokerage in Westlake Village. He has one employee, longtime assistant Kristi Dougherty. Last year, he entered the world of men's high fashion as a founding partner of the underwear company Kings & Jaxs....

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  • 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...

  • Building real estate bonds
    Building real estate bonds

    The gig: Jeff Hyland, 67, is president of Hilton & Hyland, which he founded in 1993 with longtime friend Rick Hilton. The boutique real estate firm is known for selling some of the highest-profile homes in Los Angeles. Hyland is also a founding member of Christie's International Real Estate...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Carl Terzian Associates founder developed a networking niche
    Carl Terzian Associates founder developed a networking niche

    The gig: Carl Terzian, 78, is founder and chairman of Carl Terzian Associates, a public relations firm that has gotten the message out for companies in a wide range of industries as well as for nonprofit organizations. Terzian estimates his company over 45 years has worked with more than...

  • Flipping into home design
    Flipping into home design

    The gig: Jeff Lewis of the reality show "Flipping Out" runs a Los Angeles design business. He has a line of paints bearing his name that sells online through Home Depot, and he's creative director of Living Spaces furniture, working on catalog shoots and with the buying team.

  • Hollywood's paymaster
    Hollywood's paymaster

    The gig: Mark Goldstein, 48, is chief executive and president of Burbank company Entertainment Partners, one of the industry's leading payroll services firms. The company processes residual checks and advises studios through the labyrinth of tax credits and rebates available around the world....

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