William “Bob” R. Grande
SD 500 recap: Bob Grande launched Quality Controlled Manufacturing, a precision machining company, from his garage in 1978. QCMI has three locations and 98 employees. The Grande Foundation Machinist Academy is graduating its 7th cohort and has a 98 percent rate of placing graduates in machining jobs throughout San Diego County. Honors bestowed upon Grande and Quality Controlled Manufacturing include the company winning the United Technologies Corp. Supplier Gold award every year since 2008. Grande served in Germany during the Vietnam War and is active in veteran-facing nonprofits.
Grossmont College, Mesa College
He has been a competitive water-ski racer for more than 25 years and is an accomplished scuba diver and private pilot.