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.

David Cohn

Co-Founder, Cohn Restaurant Group

David Cohn, the son of a Midwest grocer, and his wife Lesley opened their first restaurant in 1982, a burger joint on Mission Gorge Road. Since then, they have amassed an eclectic collection of nearly two dozen restaurants throughout San Diego County, including Coasterra, The Prado at Balboa Park, Indigo Grill, BO-beau, and 333 Pacific. They co-founded the Garfield School Foundation in 1996, a culinary arts program for at-risk youths, and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the school. David Cohn is currently a board member of the SDSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, California Restaurant Association, Gaslamp Quarter Association, past president for The San Diego Restaurant Association, and past chairman of the board for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.

ALMA MATER: University of Colorado

HOBBIES: Photography and travel.