2021 LA500: Letter from the editor

Josh schimmels

Once again, on behalf of the Los Angeles Business Journal, I have the privilege of unveiling the latest edition of LA500, which is now in its sixth year. The Business Journal researched, identified and highlighted the region’s most influential, powerful and impactful professionals. Each year, our editors are tasked with researching and profiling these dynamic leaders who drive innovation, creativity, community and industry.

The 2021 class of the LA500 has faced challenges over the past year that many may never face – at least not to the same extent. It has been a year of hardship, tragedy, optimism and achievement. It has been a year of growth, in many ways, for our leaders, our communities and our nation. I believe this is a year our Community of Business ™ can be proud of.


As we pay tribute to the most influential leaders in our region, I want to thank our team of talented individuals for their commitment to producing the Business Journal every week. Through it all, over the past year, they’ve stepped up to make sure readers are always informed and connected. They didn’t just produce the weekly editions, online products, and digital events; instead, they improved them and constantly raised the bar.


I am proud to work with such a dedicated group of media professionals who all rose to the challenge. Many thanks to our in-house management team consisting of Editor Scott Robson, Creative and Production Director Nina Bays, Advertising Directors Ellen Mazen and Eva Juse, and Executive Director of Events and Marketing Alex Davila.


As we look forward to the next 12 months, we will continue to unveil the stories of companies raising their own bar higher. We look forward to recognizing the excellent work leaders do to keep our business community healthy, strong and united.


Congratulations to every member of this year’s LA500, and thank you for continuing to inspire us.
With great respect,

Josh schimmels
Editor and CEO

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