CEO, Smile Brands
WHY: Founded in 1998, left, returned a few years ago to lead dental service organization with 425 offices in 17 states.
RECENT: 13K local enrollees; 73K systemwide. Firm lauded for “happiest employees” in OC.
NOTABLE: Top workplace, community, CEO awards from various groups including OC Association for Corporate Growth, Glassdoor, several years running; private equity-owned by Bay Area-based, healthcare-focused Gryphon Investors.
FUN FACTS: Wife, Jennifer, three kids; favorite OC restaurant: Broadway by Amar Santana (see entry).