The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Renowned Residents of the Ranch: Howard Wright

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Howard Wright is a San Diego native who recently moved into the Covenant in August 2013. He recalls his first encounter with the community, “My father brought me to play the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club when I was 11 years old. I fell I love with the area and the course on that day, and saved enough money to finally move into the Covenant.”

Wright began working at Qualcomm Incorporated in 2001 and is now Senior Vice President Global Business Development. He is responsible for fostering relationships and constructing deals between Qualcomm and their partners across wireless, automotive, and retail industries. He is also the country manager of North America for Qualcomm with partners such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

The business development group is critical to Qualcomm’s success in terms of launching new products for wireless network operators and other customers. Wright says he is focused on building relationships with key decision-makers at these companies. Every day he gathers information and research data that Qualcomm’s executive leadership use to make strategic decisions.

When asked about his favorite aspect of the community, he stated, “I enjoy the serenity in the Ranch the most.” At the same time he wants to improve technology of the community, “As a collective group, we must improve the wireless and wireline infrastructure.”

Before his days at Qualcomm and Rancho Santa Fe, he completed his Degree in Qualitative Economics from Stanford University in 1989. Wright began his athletic career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and Atlanta Hawks in the early 1990’s.

“I explain to folks that I had a brief and non-illustrious career in the NBA and then played 8 seasons professionally after that throughout Europe.

The highlights from my NBA days was certainly playing with and against some of the greatest athletes I had ever seen up close; Michael Jordan, Dominque Wilkins, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley.”

Wright is active on several national Charitable Boards including serving as Chairman of Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center which was founded by his father former All-Pro NFL Lineman Ernie Wright.

When asked about how his experiences have led him, he explains,“My father, former shaped my success significantly. He passed away in 2007 but was a very demanding, extremely complicated man.”

Howard was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame in 2001 and enjoys time with his daughter’s, Alyssa who is a sophomore at Stanford University and Eden who is 2 years old. 

Holding-Hands-Up-close-e1410993867361-300x172.jpg“I’m married to the girl of my dreams, Amanda Van Soest, and we are off to Italy on our honeymoon in October,” said Wright.

As for words of encouragement, Wright advised “‘Effort is between you and you’ – effort leads to success.”