This is an Our City article by Our City San Diego Magazine originally posted here.

San Diego’s Most Influential Business Leaders

Imagine taking on Ebola. Think about that for a moment. Think of the challenges. After all, if you’re trying to create a treatment for Ebola, you’ve got to tinker with Ebola. It’s not a pleasant thing to tinker with.

Or, imagine launching a satellite that provides state-of-the-art wireless and broadband services. To do that, you’ve got to be someone special, perhaps someone in the Satellite Hall of Fame. (Yes, there is such a thing.)

Or, how about running a juice company that suddenly gets a lot of juice — about $150 million in venture capital? That will pay for lots of cucumbers, carrots and kale.

And how does one celebrate getting a cool billion for a beer company? With a pint of IPA? Or an amber ale? Or a Lamborghini?

The people doing the above are San Diegans whom we consider to be among the region’s Most Influential Business Leaders because they’ve reached new heights during the past year. To do so, they did the amazing, the daring, the bold.

We sought out those who made positive contributions, ones that make our region a better and more viable place to live, as well as influencing other businesses and our communities. They do things that are cool, inspirational and — this is vital for our economy and work force — profitable.

Some run or work for New Age companies with peculiar names, such as iboss and ViaSat. Others hold key positions in traditional fields, such as real estate and banking. We looked for influential leaders in a host of fields, from defense to development, from life sciences to retail.

They have many things in common, including smarts, discipline, innovative spirits and optimism.

They are also — of course — influential.

David and Pete Featured in Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in San Diego

(Photo of David Malmuth and Pete Garcia by Anthony Ghiglia)

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David Malmuth and Pete Garcia

I.D.E.A. Partners principals

The I.D.E.A. District sounded quite promising when it was announced several years ago. The plan called for a complex, innovative web of development, including housing, office space and retail, over 35 blocks in East Village. Arts would be a major focus. So would creating a sense of community. It generated much talk.

But nothing had been built.

Then, late last year, things changed. Ground was broken for IDEA1, a $90 million, six-story building that will include apartments, lofts and penthouses. It will also feature retail, dining and office space.

David Malmuth and Peter Garcia are the developers behind the project, which is meant to attract young, bright people to downtown.

“IDEA1 is the first step to establishing the District’s vision of becoming San Diego’s design + technology innovation hub,” according to the I.D.E.A. website.

“San Diego is competing in the most important race of the 21st century: the race for talent. IDEA1 will attract the best and the brightest in the world by offering them what they want: an urban, walkable community rich in amenities.”

Malmuth previously worked on the Hollywood & Highland Center, which includes the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre). It re-energized Hollywood. He also helped initiate the successful Paseo Colorado outdoor mall in Pasadena.

Garcia has served as a builder, developer and engineer for many public and private projects throughout the United States and around the world.

I.D.E.A. could be their most ambitious project yet.

This is an Our City article by Our City San Diego Magazine originally posted here.

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IDEA1 is the first step to establishing the District’s vision of becoming San Diego’s design + technology innovation hub. We will achieve this goal by mixing all of the critical uses – office, residential, and retail – in a way that encourages interaction between inhabitants of this block and the larger community. The design principles that support an innovation ecosystem are on display in this project to act as an inspiration for other I.D.E.A. District designers and developers.

If you are a CEO ready to attract the best talent with creative office space and amenities, or a creative looking for a place to call home, welcome to IDEA1.

If you are a young professional looking to live in an innovative live/work/play community, welcome to IDEA1. Sign up for our Residential Interest List and be the first to know when units become available.