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Executive Profile: Jay Leopold

Jay Leopold


Name: Jay Leopold.

Company: DPR Construction.

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Title: Regional manager.

No. of employees: 330.

Year founded: 1993.

Education: B.S. Construction Management, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Birthplace: Torrance.

Age: 53.

Current residence: Leucadia.

Family: Wife, Danielle; daughter, Kendall; son, Taylor.

After more than 29 years in the construction business, Jay Leopold, regional manager for DPR Construction, says he is still inspired by the energy, creativity and excitement that come with every day. “Having moved to San Diego 23 years ago from Los Angeles, every year this town keeps getting better,” Leopold said. “I am very thankful to live in San Diego and to work in this industry and for a values-based company that makes every day interesting and meaningful.”

DPR Construction San Diego was ranked number one on San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work List in 2010. DPR employs some of the top technical builders in San Diego working on projects of all sizes and levels of complexity.


Essential business philosophy: Surround yourself with and serve those you can trust and empower.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Have the deepest bench with the most talent, and exceed expectations.

Guiding principles: Both DPR’s and my personal view: Treat people with respect, and believe that you can change the world rather than have to conform to it.

Yardsticks of success: Positive impact on lives around me.


Best business decision: Taking on challenges that are in our wheelhouse but that stretch us, such as Palomar Pomerado Health’s Palomar Medical Center West project, a $660 million hospital project.

Worst business decision: Engaging with customers who don’t share our values.

Toughest business decision: It is a long story — it worked out for the best because it was the right call. Short story: Doing the right thing no matter what is always the right thing to do.

Biggest missed opportunity: I can’t really think of one — I feel very fortunate.

Mentor: My brother.

Word that describes you: Passionate.


What you like best about your job: Never being able to predict what each day will bring. Each day is fast paced, fun and interesting.

What you like least about your job: Feeling like I’m always behind the eight ball — it comes with what I like best about my job.

Pet peeves: It’s fast becoming all the gizmos that distract us when we should be engaged with people rather than engaged with our gadgets — whether one-on-one or in a meeting. I’ve been the worst culprit, but I’m working on it.

Most important lesson learned: The difference in the outcome and the journey is built on competence but ultimately revolves around relationships and trust.

Three greatest passions: Surfing, music, and life.

First choice for a new career: A guitar player for a small band.


Most influential book: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.

Favorite restaurant: Las Olas.

Favorite place for business meetings: The DPR Construction office (we have fresh air!).


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