The San Diego Business Journal recognized David Gilbert, CEO and founder of National Funding, in the finance section of its annual edition of the SD 500 – The Most Influential People in San Diego.

The San Diego Business Journal taps into its veteran editorial staff and professional networks to group honorees by general categories and/or vertical markets. Finance leaders represented 15% of the 500 honorees.

The San Diego Business Journal’s staff selected Gilbert for the fifth time based on its research on National Funding’s two decades of sustained and managed growth. Under Gilbert’s leadership, vision and strategic direction, National Funding has provided more than $4.5 billion in working capital and equipment leasing for more than 80,000 small- to medium-sized businesses across the United States.

“We feel it is important to highlight the great work leaders are doing to keep our business community healthy, strong and together,” Barb Chodos, president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, said. “They are the people who significantly impact our community at large.”

“It’s a distinct honor to be of San Diego’s most influential people for the fifth time. It is an achievement I am truly proud of attaining,” Gilbert said. “My appreciation goes to the National Funding family for your ongoing commitment and support.”

“Our National Funding family salutes our founder, Dave Gilbert,” Joseph Gaudio, president of National Funding, said. “He is truly an influential leader and champion of small businesses in San Diego and nationwide.”