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2023 Icons of Business

In San Diego, business is booming. In health care, finance, law, wellness, tech, and more, the region’s business leaders are turning dreams into reality and bringing ideas to life.

In San Diego, business is booming. The people behind the city’s businesses use their expertise to elevate their respective fields and drive their industries forward. In health care, finance, law, wellness, tech, and more, the region’s business leaders are turning dreams into reality and bringing ideas to life. They’re influencers, strategists, entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators, and, above all, they’re invaluable assets to San Diego. Professionals like the ones features in the following pages are core to the business community. They are San Diego Magazine’s 2023 Icons of Business—and business is good.

Elisabeth Dawson

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President/CEO, Copia Wealth Management and Insurance Services

Highlight: Named Financial Adviser of the Year twice; recently published her second book, Retirement By Design.

Elisabeth Dawson’s mission, passion, and purpose is helping people discover financial freedom and confidence. As a comprehensive financial advisor for 24 years, she is the founder of Copia Wealth Management and Insurance Services. Dawson is known for creating personalized solutions that bring lasting results, and one of her unique and powerful tools is a “Retirement Income for Life Blueprint,” which clearly outlines your income for the rest of your life. This blueprint pinpoints potential problems and illustrates how certain decisions today can impact your finances for years to come. “We help our clients understand possibilities they never knew could be within reach. By building a plan around their wish list, they can live their ‘dream financial life’ and protect their families without the fear of running out of money.”

Copia Wealth Management and Insurance Services

2333 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 240 San Diego, CA 92108


CA LIC #0C72164, #0G81294

Investment advice offered through Copia Wealth Management Advisors, Inc.

Copia Wealth Management Advisors, Inc. is a registered investment adviser.

The Law Office of Eric Gritz, APLC

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Highlight: Chosen by his peers as one of San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers for over 10 years

Eric Gritz has earned a reputation for aggressive advocacy on behalf of injured workers as well as victims of negligence and their families. He has been the lead counsel in over 500 trials before the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board, Social Security Administration, and Superior Courts and has recovered millions in workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury cases. Mr. Gritz successfully defended the case of Brown v. Qualcomm before the California Supreme Court. He’s a guest speaker at local and regional workers’ compensation conventions and routinely speaks at seminars for attorneys earning continuing education credits. He has also acted as a judge pro tem with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and has achieved the Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV—preeminent, distinguished, and notable with very high legal ability and ethical standards.

Eric Gritz Law

7777 Alvarado Road Suite 720 La Mesa, CA 91942


Christine Eros, MD, MPH

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Medical Director/Owner of Eros Beauty and Wellness

Highlight: Co-owner of Metro Family Physicians, a member of the SHARP Community Medical Group

Eros Beauty and Wellness offers a full scope of aesthetic services, ranging from skin rejuvenation to individually catered weight loss programs. Trained at the UCSD School of Medicine, founder Dr. Christine Eros is a practicing family physician who integrates innovative aesthetic medicine into her practice. With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Eros understands that just like medicine, cosmetic wellness requires deeply individualized care; she takes pride in treating the whole person. EBW’s list of services is extensive and includes laser therapies, Botox, fillers, permanent hair removal, and body contouring from EMSculpt. An active part of the Point Loma community, Dr. Eros cares deeply about her neighbors, and the prices offered at Eros Beauty and Wellness reflect her desire to make cosmetic treatments as widely available as possible.

Eros Beauty and Wellness

3689 Midway Drive #E, San Diego, CA 92110


Christopher J. Sunnen, Esq., CFLS

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Sunnen Law

Highlight: Since its inception, Sunnen Law has felt that every Family Law problem has a solution, and always works to find the right solution for each client.

Since dispute resolution rarely happens overnight, Certified Family Law Specialist Christopher J. Sunnen, founder of Sunnen Law knows that his clients need a trust and zealous advocate to help them navigate the complex and emotional process of family law issues. With over fifteen years of experience, Mr. Sunnen is first a specialist in Family Law, as well as a party who has taken many high conflict matters through trial. In addition, all of the attorneys at Sunnen Law also serve as “Minor’s Counsel” for the Court, which provides them with added perspective in complicated child custody matters. The entire staff at Sunnen Law know firsthand how complicated and emotionally traumatizing divorce and family law matters can be and are always present to support their clients throughout the process. Similarly, when not working for their clients, the staff of Sunnen Law is active in the community working to assist the public.

Call 619-255-9551 or e-mail us at [email protected] to speak with Mr. Sunnen, or one of his associates, and mention San Diego Magazine for a free consultation.

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