10/16/2012 1:50 PM
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 andthecake.com, 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.