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Architect builds a career on huge projects

The gig: Michael Hong, 56, is the founder and senior principal designer of Michael Hong Architects in Culver City. Hong was the master planner of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar project, a 1,000-acre resort, casino, hotel, convention center and beachfront entertainment venue in the Bahamas. His 12-person...

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    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...

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    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...

  • 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.

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    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...

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