Ketcham has dedicated a lifetime to growing Florida's share of the space marketplace. Growing up in Cocoa Beach in the 60's with the Original 7 astronauts and coming of age with the race to the Moon, he then went to work on the Shuttle program after earning his degree at the University of Florida. That led to further career moves which always focused upon the region’s development in the exploration of the final frontier. Through working for the Congress, the private sector, in academia, and now the State of Florida, he was ever aware that California, Texas, Alabama had long dominated the landscape in political influence when space was solely a Federal program. Now as it becomes increasingly commercial, there is a sense of redemption that Florida is asserting itself from a more powerful position.