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.

George Palermo

President, Flagship Cruises and Events

George Palermo’s company bills itself as San Diego’s only locally owned and operated cruise and event company, marking its 100th anniversary on May 1, 2015 (It was founded as the Star & Crescent Boat Co.). Flagship operates a fleet of 11 vessels, including high-end yachts hosting cruises, whale-watching excursions, meetings and special events. The company reported serving more than 1 million passengers in 2014, including more than 600,000 ferry passengers and 200,000 harbor tourists.

AFFILIATON: Chairman of the San Diego Port Tenants Association

COMMUNITY WORK: Was among leaders in a drive to renovate and reopen the Coronado Playhouse at Ferry Landing in 2004