Martinez successfully completed upgrades of the Shipboard Wide Area Network on multiple LPD ships including three of the Naval Vessels named in honor of places affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. LPD ships are used for humanitarian work and protect against numerous threats.
“The next (Orion) project is to take people to Mars or to the moon,” Martinez shares. “Once it gets to the ocean, the LPD is actually testing how they would recover the vessel. It’s exciting to see the difference it’s making in the world and how our systems are part of it.”
Mr. Burnham has been awarded numerous honors, some of which include: Junior Achievement/San Diego Business Hall of Fame, 2002; Philanthropist of the Year, National Society of Fund Raising Executives, 2000; Civic Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Corporation, 1999; Mr. San Diego, Rotary Club of San Diego, 1998, Gold Spike Award, Stanford University, 1996, and inducted into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame, 2012.
Mr. Burnham has chaired nine major non-profits and has co-founded 14 organizations in his career, most providing direct benefit to San Diego, California and the nation. In the sports world, he has been a world-recognized sailor for five decades and has helped San Diego achieve prominence in both local and professional sports. At age 17, he became the youngest skipper to win a World Championship in the International Star Class. In 1987, he played a leading role in bringing the America’s Cup to San Diego. He is a former partner/owner of the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Sockers.
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