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Charles Wax

CEO and Chairman, Waxie Sanitary Supply

WAXIE Sanitary Supply sells everything from cleaning supplies to solar-powered recycling compactors. Charles Wax, current CEO and chairman of the board, started literally at the bottom – at age 12 the son of Morris Wax was sweeping up floors. Since joining the business fulltime in 1973, Waxie has expanded 80-fold and has distribution centers that service 12 Western states. Waxie remains a family business – his brother David is executive vice president. He is on the boards of the United Jewish Federation and the San Diego Hall of Champions and was a Past Chairman of Network Services. Waxie has been widely recognized as a Best Place to Work by the SDBJ.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University

CAR: Tesla

ADVICE: Set the example, listen and don’t overreact.

AFTER HOURS: He enjoys golfing and traveling.

OUTREACH: National sponsor of the American Cancer Society and City of Hope.