Hot List ’05

junkies the lowdown on President George W.
Bush since 2002. She recently traveled with him to Belgium, Germany, and Slovakia and is a regular in Crawford, Texas, home to the president’s ranch. “It’s just three turns and 30 minutes between my hotel in Waco and the Crawford elementary school, where I file my reports on President Bush’s whereabouts,” she said. An Emmy Award winning journalist, Malveaux made a name for herself as a general assignment correspondent for NBC in Chicago and Washington, D.C. She covered President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the 2000 presidential election, and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle. AGE: 39

Why he’s hot: Dale LeFebvre is not just CEO of one BE 100S company. He’s driving the strategy for two mammoth entities. As managing partner/CEO of Pharos Capital Group (No. 2 on the BE PRIVATE EQUITY list), he oversees three funds worth over $450 million. He’s also chairman and CEO of Converge Global Trading (No. 7 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 list with $390 million in revenues), one of the largest distributors of semiconductors and computer products. LeFebvre began his career as a researcher at Bell Laboratories and has held positions in the mergers and acquisition and private equity groups for Morgan Stanley, Blue Capital, and First Union Private Equity Group. AGE: 34

DEREK R. LEWIS Vice President of Retail Sales, Great West Business Unit THE PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP INC.
Why he’s hot: As vice president of retail sales for the largest of seven sectors within Pepsi Bottling Group, Derek Lewis is no stranger to attaining success. Lewis joined the No.1 manufacturer, distributor, and seller of Pepsi-Cola beverages in 1988 as a campus hire, and today manages one of the largest units within PBG in terms of volumes sold and revenue. The unit generates more than $1 billion in annual sales. Lewis’ daily tasks involve broadening strategies to help the group achieve volume, revenue, and margin objectives. His overall responsibility is to set the functional agenda for the unit’s entire retail sales organization. AGE: 38

Why she’s hot: Sam Martin oversees the development and production of original movies. Provocative films are the hallmark of HBO’s movie division and run the gamut from small independents to big theatrical events. Martin was responsible for bringing Lackawanna Blues to HBO Films, in addition to securing the script and overseeing the production of Sometimes in April, the film about the 1994 Rwanda genocide. She worked on Empire Falls, helping Richard Russo adapt his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which garnered 10 Emmy nominations, including outstanding miniseries. Martin joined HBO Films as director in 2000 and spearheaded Boycott and the Golden Globe nominated Iron-Jawed Angels. She also collaborated on John Leguizamo’s directorial debut Undefeated. AGE: 37

Aaron McGruder Comic Strip Creator
Why he’s hot: After years of peddling The Boondocks to network executives, Aaron McGruder is finally the top dog of an animated television series. The syndicated comic strip, which appears in more than 300 newspapers,