The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Adam Stettner

CEO, Reliant Funding

Adam Stettner is founder and CEO of Reliant Funding, which provides financing for small- to medium-size businesses. He started the company that later became Reliant in late 2008. The company has enjoyed a 131 percent growth from 2014-2016, and had revenue of $51.9 million in 2016. Previously, Stettner was co-founder and president of National Lending Associates Inc. and he remains a member of National Lending’s board of directors. Stettner is a member of the board of directors of High Desert Medical College and trustee for the deRose Family Trust, a charitable organization. He attended Columbia Business School’s Executive Education program. Stettner is a finalist of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.

ALMA MATER: University of Maryland

CHALLENGES: Slowly building company from the ground up during the 2008 economic crisis.

ADVICE: “Taking risks and failing lead one to success.”

AFTER HOURS: He enjoys being outdoors with his kids.

OUTREACH: He is a donor of several nonprofits, such as Toys for Tots, and volunteers at Father Joe’s Villages.