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.

Peter Ripa

CEO, Farmers Insurance Open/Century Club of San Diego

Peter Ripa in 2011 became CEO of the Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego’s PGA Tour stop. He also leads the Century Club of San Diego, an associated nonprofit that raises money and brings awareness for community organization and local charities. In 2017, the tournament at Torrey Pines generated more than $3.1 million in charitable impact for San Diego. Ripa serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including San Diego Tourism Authority and the San Diego Sport Innovators.

ALMA MATER: University of South Florida, MBA from Kennesaw State University

TRAVEL: Likes to visit Maui for warm weather and Whistler for cold weather.

ADVICE: “Real communication occurs when people feel safe.”

AFTER HOURS: A basketball junkie and snowboarding fanatic, he enjoys soaking up time with two kids.