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Congratulations to Roy Malone Jr. '80, who was recently named Director of Center Operations at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center this year. In this Q&A, he shares how his Kappa Sig experience helped him on his career journey and the success he has found along the way.

What are the top 3 things you gained from your Kappa Sig experience?
1. The power of being a part of a community of like-minded people that can leverage each other’s strengths to help each person and the team be successful.
2. The importance for new college students away from home for the first time, facing a very demanding academic experience, to find a place where they feel like they belong and are included.
3. Despite the incredible time demands to succeed as an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, you can and should take time to have some fun and recharge your batteries.

Did your membership in Kappa Sigma help put you on the path to your successful career today? How?
Probably centered around the importance of empowerment and leveraging your strengths and managing your weaknesses. My experience at Kappa Sigma helped reinforce the concept that success was not up to me by myself and how powerful it is to empower each member of a team to leverage their strengths to come together and make each other and the team successful. I think often when we all face difficult situations (like some of the undergrad courses at Tech), we feel alone and isolated. Being a member of Kappa Sigma helped be to work through those times and understand that I was not alone.

Why are you proud to be a member of Kappa Sigma?
Becoming a member of Kappa Sigma was probably my first experience in becoming a part of large well-respected organization that helped reinforce important lifelong personal behaviors – compassion, teamwork, respect, and willingness to give to others.

What is your advice for active brothers as they begin to embark on their career journey?
My experiences in the workforce have taught me that being successful in life has a lot more to do with the softer skills than the hard technical skills. Technical competence is your ticket to the game and is essential, but the softer skills will determine the level of your success once you get there. For me in my journey, in addition to being technically competent in the areas of my responsibilities, my success has been driven by passion and how I treat others (who I work for, my peers, those that work for me). I have a philosophy that I am not better than any other person, nor is any other person better than me. I truly believe that having humility and checking your ego at the door is essential to success in today’s society.