Robert J. Sanchez: President & Chief Executive Officer, Globaltel Media, Inc.
Robert Sanchez, a 30-year veteran of the wireless telecom industry, is the president and CEO of Globaltel Media, Inc., a family of companies including Cherple (SMS Solutions) and the j. simms Agency (PR & Marketing) as well as a portfolio of patents and intellectual property. Since 2007, Cherple has represented more than 200 global brands and corporations and its text-message and marketing solutions are currently being used in more than 160 countries around the world.
Robert is a board member and trustee for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, the Sanford-Burham Institute, UCSD Physical Sciences and the Center for Community Solutions San Diego. He also has been a wireless advisor to the White House and Pentagon since 2007, an aid to the Philippine Government Ways and Means Committee and is the Chairman of PASSCO.
Prior to Globaltel Media, Robert co-founded and was the CEO for inCode Telecom Group, Inc., which was sold to Verisign, Inc. eight years after its founding for $52MM. In 1990, Sanchez joined Qualcomm and became the General Manager for the CDMA Ancillary Test Products Group, led Globalstar’s worldwide system integration and was the head of CDMA R&D and Standards programs. Prior to Qualcomm, Robert was with TRW and General Dynamics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Math from UCSD, a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from USC and was awarded an honorary PhD in Humanities from RMTU for his tireless efforts to secure over $280M in US funding for Filipino World War II veterans.
Born in Cavite, Philippines, Robert’s parents and six siblings moved to San Diego, CA by way of the US Navy. He is married, a father to three sons, he resides in the Del Mar area and returns to visit the Philippines several times a year.
1. What are your hobbies?
Eating at buffets.
Deep Sea fishing.
Working in the yard.
2. What kind of things bring you the most pleasure now?
Smiles and laughs from my children and a good prime rib, medium rare.
3. What’s your favorite book and why?
The Bible because it’s outlived any publication ever written so there’s something about it that is timeless with a purpose.
4. What was the biggest obstacle you experienced?
Myself. Self-doubt surrounds us. I’ve had to learn to trust my heart and soul NOT my brain.
5. Aside from your parents, who is your role model or mentor?
Dr. Andrew Viterbi. He’s a gentleman, scholar and so very humble.
6. How do you manage stress?
Strangely enough, I don’t stress about much except traffic on the roads. I’m forever an optimist. If I do find things overwhelming, I take a nap.
7. What has been the most significant accomplishment in your life? Why?
My three sons. There are God’s gifts and miracles that I cherish every day. My children, I love unconditionally.
8. What was the most difficult decision you have ever had to make? Why? How did you make it and what happened?
Leaving my first son after divorce. There was no one I loved more but for my own survival I had to. Today, he’s one of my best friends.
9. Do you believe that everyone is a winner? Why or why not?
Everyone has the potential to be a winner. Sometimes people just need someone to believe in them and act on it.
10. If a young person came to you asking what’s the most important thing for living a good life, what would you say?
Happiness. Happiness is wanting what you have NOT having what you want.
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