We were driving through the cornfields of Indiana. My wife and I were on our way to Newport, Rhode Island to start what has been quite a journey. It was 1984 and I was a newly commissioned officer in the United States Navy. We were on our way to a training assignment where I would learn much about being a leader as well as the technical aspects of naval warfare. My lovely wife was expecting our first son and was by my side all the way. My beloved Chicago Cubs were surprisingly good and made the postseason for the first time since 1945 only to lose a heartbreaking game 5 of the playoffs. Our son was born at the Naval Hospital a few months later and before long we were off to my first operational assignment, the USS Comte De Grasse. Since then, we have added 2 more sons to the family. We transitioned to civilian life and jumped into a Lean Journey by taking the first of many leadership roles in manufacturing plants with Frito-Lay then Lipton, Nestle and other companies. My great family followed me to 13 cities in 9 states all as part of this journey. A quarter century later I find myself very thankful for my wife who is also a great mother and our parents for the sacrifices they have made. I am also thankful for a glorious God by whose grace we have been able to watch our boys become fine young men. The young men in our family are building the foundations for their journeys. One is working on his master’s thesis, another is finishing his engineering degree, and the third is heading into a senior year of high school. As for the Cubs, they have made the playoffs several more times. They have been within just a few outs of the World Series yet they continue to disappoint their faithful fans in the post season. The drive to Rhode Island was over in just two days but the journey continues today. I hope to use this space to give back by sharing some of life’s lessons as a thank you to my family, friends, and mentors who have helped me both personally and professionally along the way.