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 Gilbert

CEO, National Funding

David Gilbert is CEO of National Funding, one of the nation’s largest private lenders of small business loans. In 1999, Gilbert founded the company as Five Point Capital in Los Angeles. Headquartered in San Diego, National Funding has provided more than $1 billion in capital for over 30,000 businesses since it was founded. National Funding provides working capital loans, equipment financing, merchant cash advances and credit card processing to a wide diversity of industries.

ALMA MATER: University of Southern California

HOLIDAY CHEER: After no other entity emerged in 2015, he jumped in to sponsor the Holiday Bowl, which included his beloved Trojans.