Josh LePell, 37, of San Luis Obispo founded LePell Tile & Stone in 2006 when he earned his contractor’s license. Later, he bought San Luis Marble & Granite to expand professional services and add retail. An Arroyo Grande High School dropout, LePell finished high school later in Oregon and studied business. “I had to learn the hard way,” he says. With 16 employees, recent projects include the Satellite Command Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base and a renovation at UC Santa Barbara. He donates to Women’s Shelter of SLO, Poly House and the Avila Beach Marine Institute. His family includes wife Corrin, and children Brook, 18, Daniel, 16, and infant Macy.