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.

Thomas W. Sudberry Jr.

Chairman, Sudberry Properties

Thomas Sudberry founded the family-run Sudberry Properties in 1979, and he remains among the region’s power brokers. In the past year the company helped fund opposition to the SoccerCity proposal to redevelop the SDCCU Stadium site and is active on the Friends of SDSU Steering Committee, which is pushing for a campus annex on the site. Sudberry has developed numerous high-profile projects throughout the region, including the 230-acre Civita community in Mission Valley. The company recently broke ground on a $44.5 million retail center at the Millenia, with an opening planned for summer 2018. Sudberry has deep experience in all aspects of development, including commercial brokerage, engineering and construction, and in 2003 he completed a graduate-level executive program in design at Harvard University.

ALMA MATER: Rice University, Stanford University

MILITARY VETERAN: Between 1965 and 1970, the U.S. Navy aviator flew on two Vietnam combat cruises aboard the USS Constellation.