CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, PACIFIC RIM CAPITAL INC.
WHY: Runs one of OC’s largest private companies; leases forklifts, cranes and other material-handling equipment for large companies in the manufacturing and transportation industries. Posted revenue of about $195M last year, and has nearly $850M in assets under management.
RECENT: Longtime business partner, Dave Mirsky, retiring at end of year. Mills, a Harvard grad, will assume CEO role at company.
QUOTABLE: Not following partner’s plan. “I have no plans to retire. We’ve really refined the strategy over time, and I feel confident in the strategic direction of the company.”