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Glasstile president builds success piece by piece

The gig: Sean Gildea, 48, is president of Oceanside Glasstile. Since its founding in 1992, "before recycling was really happening," Gildea said, the firm has used large amounts of recycled glass to make tiles for kitchens, baths, swimming pools and fireplaces.

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  • How I Made It: Arlene Blum

    How I Made It: Arlene Blum

    The gig: Arlene Blum is a California scientist, educator, author and an international mountain climber. Her work has helped eliminate dangerous fire retardants from children's pajamas and foam furniture.

  • Activist Paulina Gonzalez puts pressure on banks to help the poor

    Activist Paulina Gonzalez puts pressure on banks to help the poor

    The gig: Former union organizer and community activist Paulina Gonzalez, 41, became executive director this year of the California Reinvestment Coalition, an advocate for better financial services and affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods.

  • 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...

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