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William “Bob” R. Grande

CEO, QCMI

Bob Grande is CEO of Quality Controlled Manufacturing, a precision machining company that he launched in his garage in 1978. Today, the company has three locations and 98 employees. Honors bestowed upon Grande and Quality Controlled Manufacturing includes the company winning the United Technologies Corp. Supplier Gold award every year since 2008. For his part, Grande gives back to the community by supporting nonprofits that help veterans. Grande himself served in Germany during the Vietnam War.

ALMA MATER: Grossmont College, Mesa College

BUCKET LIST: Bicycling in Italy.

FUN FACT: He’s been a competitive waterski racer for over 20 years.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Success is not a destination, it’s a direction.”