Article Published: LA500 Los Angeles Business Journal
June 11, 2020
Publisher: Josh Schimmels
The Business Journal’s fifth annual LA500 list honors the most influential leaders and executives in Los Angeles. This year’s collection of the leading figures from the city’s business community highlights the work that took place and the progress that was made in the months before Covid-19, but it also serves as a reminder that L.A. is peopled by some of the smartest, most innovative and staunchly resilient business talent anywhere in the world. In that context, this year’s LA500 shines a light on many of the figures who not only can help us navigate the crisis today but stand to help us find our way through to the other side of this situation.
Founder and Chairman
Clay Lacy Aviation Inc.
BACKGROUND: Lacy grew up in Wichita, Kan. His career includes stints as a captain with United Airlines, a test pilot, air race champion and aerial cinematographer. He founded Clay Lacy Aviation in 1968 at Van Nuys Airport. It was the first executive jet charter service in the western U.S. He also helped develop the Astrovision camera system and has shot more than 2, 800 aerial film projects for the entertainment industry, the military and commercial airlines. His work appears in movies such as “Cliffhanger,” “Armageddon” and “Top Gun.”
YEARS ON THE LA500: 5