Finalists

Apricus Biosciences
Viejas Enterprises
Provide Commerce Inc.
General Dynamics NASSCO
Straub Construction Inc.
Petco Animal Supplies Inc.
Qualcomm Inc.
OwnerGUARD Corporation
University of San Diego
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego Padres
Amylin Pharmaceuticals
Leap Wireless International Inc.
Sony Electronics
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
AMN Healthcare Inc.
ViaSat Inc.
Dexcom
Viejas Enterprises
Gafcon; SharePoint360
Catalina Restaurant Group Inc.
Websense Inc.
Science Applications International Corp.
American Assets Trust Inc.
DJO Global

Finalist

Robert Irving Jr.

Leap Wireless International Inc.

Robert Irving Jr. is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Leap Wireless International Inc. and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications Inc., where he is responsible for supervision of the companies’ legal and government affairs departments. 

Cricket is the sixth largest wireless provider in the United States, serving approximately 6 million customers in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Irving joined Leap in 1998, the year the company was formed. He was appointed to his current positions in 2003.

Prior to joining Leap, Irving was a securities and finance counsel for Rohr Inc., an aerospace corporation headquartered in Chula Vista (now Goodrich Corporation), from 1992-1998, and was vice president, general counsel and secretary for IRT Corporation, a company that designed and manufactured X-ray inspection equipment in San Diego, from 1989-1990.

Before joining IRT, Irving was an attorney at the San Diego office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Irving currently serves as a director of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation.

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Deadlines

Nominations Open: July 2, 2012
Nominations Close: August 13, 2012
Nominees Announced: August 17, 2012
Finalists Notified: August 17, 2012
Sponsorship / Advertising Close: September 12, 2012
Publication Date: September 19, 2012

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