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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, hotels and shopping centers. Formative years: Wilstein grew up in Pittsburgh, where he started feeling the urge to build things as a young boy. That led to a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Then, a trip to California changed his life. "I came out to L.A. and decided I liked it," he said. "I met my wife two weeks later." ...

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