The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Chad Robley

CEO, MindGruve

Before co-founding MindGruve in 2001, Chad Robley spent 10 years taking companies from the startup phase to later stages of operations. Under his leadership, MindGruve has enjoyed considerable growth, including increased revenue and a deepened list of clients, which today includes Procter & Gamble, Merck, Oracle, Live Nation, Qualcomm and Agilent Technologies. Robley plans Interactive Day San Diego, a day-long digital marketing conference. At the conference, he instated a “Shark Tank”-style competition that offers startup companies exposure to influential businesspeople in the tech and digital spheres. Robley writes and speaks regularly on startups. He serves on the boards of many companies in a broad array of industries, from health care to technology. Since 2006, he has served as a managing partner for MindGruve Ventures, an accelerator for companies in the mobile, social and e-commerce industries.

ALMA MATER: Indiana University

FUN FACT: Played football for the Hoosiers.