John E. Anderson was President and sole shareholder of Topa Equities, Ltd., and oversaw more than 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries involved in agriculture, insurance, real estate, wholesale beverage distribution and automotive dealerships.
Mr. Anderson moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of Minneapolis and entered UCLA with an ice hockey scholarship. During his years at UCLA, he worked the swing shift at North American Aviation in Inglewood. In the years since, he built a multifaceted career as a lawyer and business entrepreneur. With James H. Kindel, Jr., he founded the law firm of Kindel & Anderson. He was the sole stockholder of Topa Insurance Company; Dorchester Insurance Company; Ace Beverage Co.; Mission Beverage Co.; Paradise Beverages, Inc.; West Indies Corporation; Bellows International, Ltd.; Silver Star A.G., Ltd.; Silver Star Motor CarCompany; Topa Motors, Inc. and several other entities.
John Anderson was also a CPA and a member of the California State Bar. He was a professor of law at Loyola University School of Law and taught several business courses at UCLA. He was past Chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, a Trustee and former President of Saint John's Hospital and Health Center Foundation, and Trustee of Claremont McKenna College. John was named Southern California Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987, Outstanding Individual Philanthropist on National Philanthropy Day in 1988, Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, and was honored by the 2003 Business Hall of Fame as the Business Person of the year.
In 1987 the UCLA Graduate School of Management was renamed The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in honor of Anderson's contributions to the School and University. In 1985 he received the Distinguished Service Award of Loyola Law School where the John E. Anderson Chair of Taxation was recently established. In May 1995 Anderson received the UCLA Alumnus of the Year Award, and in June 1995, he was presented with the UCLA Medal.
Mr. Anderson received a B.S. from UCLA, and MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business (where he was a George Fisher Baker Scholar), and a J.D. from Loyola University school of Law.