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.

Barbara Wight

Chief Financial Officer, Taylor Guitars

As CFO of Taylor Guitars, Barbara Wight oversees the company’s foreign operations, financial information systems and legal interests. Taylor produces hundreds of guitars daily at its factories in El Cajon and Tecate, Mexico. Its products are distribution to at least 60 countries. She’s served as a director of the San Diego County Water Authority, tapping experience she gained during nearly 19 years as COO and CFO of T-Systems International, Inc., a global manufacturer of farming irrigation solutions. She is on the board of the World Trade Center San Diego, among others.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University

TOP HONOR: In 2014 she and Taylor Guitars received the U.S. State Department Award for Corporate Excellence from Secretary of State John Kerry.