Vince DelPidio

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Vince DelPidio, CQEMBA '14

Oct 16

Written by: Vincent DelPidio
10/16/2012 1:50 PM  RssIcon

Hi, I’m Vince.  I’m part of the San Diego EMBA boardroom.  I’ve been in San Diego since the Marines brought me here in 2000.  I liked it so much, I decided to stay.  After getting wise to my homesteading, the Marines gave me an offer that I could refuse and I resigned my commission after 10 years of service. 

I had a varied career in the Marines.  As a tactical helicopter pilot, I served aboard ship, and was part of the first conventional units to land in Afghanistan.  After returning from my first deployment, I transferred units and served as an aviation specialist with the infantry for the march to Baghdad.  I returned to Iraq with the infantry a second time and participated in stabilization and combat operations in the Al Anbar province.  I finished my service flying executive airplanes and business jets back in San Diego, except for a short deployment where I flew throughout the Middle East from our Doha, Qatar base.

Since joining the civilian world, I have been working in small business – in leisure/sports and defense.  As leader and manager, and former pilot, team leader and flight instructor, the effectiveness of teams is near and dear to my heart.  I occasionally facilitate teambuilding packages, although I don’t consider trust falls and Legos teambuilding.

In my free time, I’m an avid surfer and sailor, and raced sailboats extensively prior to starting the MBA program.  I write a weekly blog (at least I try to post weekly) at, where I post on topics as varied as my work history – my perspective on leadership is the central theme.  Check there for more edgy content and my full bio, or follow me Twitter @andthecake.  I’m a huge proponent of networking and I lead the Johnson Club of San Diego, so I encourage anyone to search me out for any reason. 

On the Johnson blog, I’m going to try to focus on some topics that I think will use the professional and life experience of the EMBA students to benefit the students of other programs.  Plus, I’ll mix in some tongue-in-cheek stuff.

Categories: Student, CQEMBA
Location: Blogs Parent Separator Vince DelPidio

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