FOUNDING PARTNER, VICE CHAIR, CALIFORNIA STRATEGIES LLC
WHY: Power broker, consigliere to business and political groups on policy, development. Joined company in 2001 after 25 years with Irvine Co., where he headed federal, state and local government relations.
NOTABLE: Served as vice-chair of the Republican National Convention in 1996. Was also a key figure in the OC bankruptcy recovery efforts, helping to form investor pool settlement and recovery plan.