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.

Daniel Sullivan

CEO and President, Sullivan Solar Power

Daniel Sullivan founded and leads one of the largest and fastest growing solar power firms in the nation, with 100 employees and offices in San Diego, Irvine and Riverside. He is a native San Diegan, who has been twice named to“Most Admired CEOs” by the San Diego Business Journal. The paper and Inc. also named the company among the region’s Fastest Growing Private Companies for five straight years. The firm has installed more than 5,000 residential and commercial solar power systems across San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties.

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HUMBLE START: He founded the company at age 27 with $2,500 and worked out of a client’s vacant garage.

INSPIRATION: With the U.S. at war in Iraq in 2003, he was determined to help break the reliance on oil and other fossil fuels.