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.

Guy Asaro

President and CEO, Meridian Development

A 36-year veteran of the real estate industry, Guy Asaro founded Meridian Development in 2014 with a mission to create projects and communities that enhance the lives of the people who live, work, and shop there. Asaro began Meridian he left the Corky McMillin Cos., where he was president of McMillin Homes, managing the company’s home building operations in California, Texas and Missouri. He became president of McMillin Homes in 2007, after two years as president of McMillin Land Development. From 1999 to 2004, he was a senior vice president with the EastLake Development Co. He has served on the board of the Building Industry Associations of San Diego and California. In 2015, he was inducted into the San Diego Building Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.

ALMA MATER: University of Redlands

OUTSIDE INTERESTS: He has been on San Diego’s Historical Resources Board and Chula Vista Mayor’s Task Force on School Issues.