Despite my aerospace studies in college I went to work in the petrochemical industry as a design engineer specializing in metallurgy and corrosion. My assignments evolved into engineering management, government relations, and quality assurance. With a turndown in the oil industry in the mid 1980's I was forced to make an industry and career change. I moved to defense electronics and configuration management respectively, the latter a merging of being a design engineer then verifying the design and seeing all the problems when things are not done correctly, either by the designer or the builder. I then had the opportunity to work on the B-2 Spirit and watched it grow from paper to reality, which was quite amazing. The culimination of my professional journey was arriving at JPL and being able to work with the most talented and dedicated people in the industry. I came to JPL to help standardize the application of configuration management at the lab. Now I implement what I helped develop.