Who will make big news in the business world this year? Who will emerge from relative obscurity to become a major player? To start the new year, Times business reporters selected people from their beats who they believe will be among those to watch in 2000--in Southern California, across the country and around the world. Some are well known, having made big news in previous years. Others are not exactly household names but nevertheless are likely to make a major impact in their fields.
Of course, there's no way to predict just what's going to happen in the next 12 months. Nor can any such list be complete--there's always the come-from-nowhere phenom who'll surprise everyone. But it's a good bet that if you follow the fortunes of these 22, you'll see the top business stories of 2000 unfold.
Labor Leader John Wilhelm
Part of a cadre of smart, innovative and pragmatic thinkers who have re-energized the U.S. labor movement, John Wilhelm reformed a sagging union of hotel and restaurant workers and made it one of the fastest growing in the private sector.
Now the Yale-educated general president of the 250,000-member Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union has been asked to help guide the umbrella labor federation AFL-CIO through difficult terrain as it reexamines its policies on undocumented immigrant workers.