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.

Jerry Sanders

President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Former mayor and police chief, Jerry Sanders serves as the president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He joined the police department in 1973. In 1999, he went to the local United Way chapter. He has led turn-around efforts with the American Red Cross in 2002, after a controversy over the use of funds for wild fire relief, and as mayor in 2005 following the resignation of the sitting mayor, while the city was embroiled in a series of scandals arising from misrepresentations of the city’s pension debt. The day after he left office in 2012 he was appointed president and CEO of the regional chamber.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University, National University

ON HIS POPULARITY AS MAYOR: “I think I’ve always been very honest with people. I think I’ve been approachable by people out in the community.”

OUT AND ABOUT: At one point he lost more than 30 pounds by walking throughout a 15-mile circle with his Kensington home at the center.