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Monthly Feature: Meet Hero's Heroes!

by Hero Arts July 27, 2018 24 Comments

Today we are excited to introduce you to another member of the Hero Arts family. In this feature we show you the people behind the scenes who work hard to bring you quality products and inspiration. We call them Hero's Heroes because they are how we do what we do! 

This month we are spending some time with Cornell Gray. Cornell is the Operations Manager of our Oakland branch, which is the wood mount and rubber production facility for the array of Hero Arts Rubber Stamps products. Let's get to know Cornell!

What you do for Hero Arts and how long you have been here?
I efficiently oversee all aspects of the production and distribution operations in our Oakland branch. This includes customer service, purchasing, prioritizing, quality control, order entry, scheduling, shipping and receiving, cycle counting, managing inventory, safety programs, employee  evaluations and troubleshooting as well. I've been with the company 30 years as of June 2018.

What are three words to describe Hero Arts?
The are so many positive words I could use to describe Hero Arts. The three I will use are: innovative, efficient, teamwork.

Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Stockton, California. I am a widower with three adult children ages 34, 32 and 28 and have two adorable granddaughters. I relocated to the Bay Area in March 1986 and been calling it home ever since. The Bay Area has so much to offer in terms of opportunity and entertainment. I Love It! I've met a beautiful lady name Concetta Asuncion and now have been in a wonderful relationship for over a year now. She brings me joy!



What do you enjoy doing in your personal life?
I am a singer, entertainer and music lover. I also love dancing, Zumba dancing and a good cardio workout. Power walking around Lake Merritt or walking the Cleveland Cascade stairs in Oakland are my favorites. I just love being out and about whether it be planned or spontaneous.



What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
The most recent kindest thing that someone has done for me is tracked me down in a grocery store and hand me my wallet (not knowing I had dropped it outside in the store parking lot). Of course I didn't discover I had lost it until I was in the checkout line about to pay for my items. So as I was backtracking aisles I had been, a young lady called my name. I responded and she apologized for looking in my wallet and my I D. I told her and her husband it didn't bother me a bit that you did and I am so grateful it was a honest couple like you who took the time to find me in the store. This happened a week before Christmas. So against their will, I purchased their groceries as a token of appreciation. These are the kind of people society needs to make this world a better place.

Do you have a favorite quote?
One of my favorite quotes is: "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it!" -  Nicholas Sparks



Best vacation you’ve been to?
Cabo San Lucas Mexico

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Prince

If your house was burning down, what is the one non-living thing you would save?
My safe with valuable momentos.

Thank you, Cornell, for helping us to get to know you better. We are grateful that you are part of the Hero Arts family!

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Cornell Gray
Cornell Gray

August 07, 2018

Thank you all for your Wonderful comments. This is an Awesome Company and Awesome staff as well. To answer Karen LK’s question, yes that is Mission Peak. Let’s All Keep Stamping Alive!

Best Wishes,
Cornell L Gray

Concetta Asuncion
Concetta Asuncion

August 06, 2018

What an Amazing Guy! Beautiful Bio…

Deane McPherson
Deane McPherson

August 05, 2018

Thank you for sharing about yourself. It’s nice to hear about people that help the company run smoothly.

Shawn Harcrow
Shawn Harcrow

August 03, 2018

Very nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing. I like Prince too!

Gwen1629
Gwen1629

August 02, 2018

Cornell’s life story was very interesting. 30years with HA, WOW! Kudos!! Continued joy in your life.

Christie
Christie

August 01, 2018

Enjoyed the article. Enjoy stories about the staff.

Barbara Brachfeld
Barbara Brachfeld

August 01, 2018

So great to know your company has great values and people working for you. Cornell Grey it’s great to know your life is good and how you and it enables us to enjoy and receive Hero Arts Products and Service. Thank you.

Bev
Bev

August 01, 2018

30 years!!! WOW!!! I have been a Hero Arts customer for 35 years so we are both veteran Hero Arts people!!! It is good to read about an employee who does such a good job for Hero Arts and has worked there for such a long time!!! Congratulations to you Cornell!!! And to Hero Arts for appreciating and recognizing good employees!!!

Phyllis S
Phyllis S

August 01, 2018

Thank your for sharing Cornell’s story! It is important to recognize the people behind the scenes who keep things running. THat sounds like a pretty big job!

Pam
Pam

August 01, 2018

Great and interesting idea to share the stories of the lives of your employees! Everyone has a story and they are all worth sharing. Looking forward to hearing more :)

Colly Jackson
Colly Jackson

August 01, 2018

What a wonderful statement Cornell makes for your company. I retired five years ago from a company that I had worked for 27 yrs. Cornell sounds like one of our much needed everyday hero’s. Someone who works hard, plays hard & loves family. I have a crafts room that my husband of over 30 yrs. made for me. Hero Arts fills a lot of space in that room, I’m happy to say. Hero Arts & Cornell are inspirations. cmj

SarahC
SarahC

July 29, 2018

Good to know there are great folks in the companies I like. Glad you’ve found someone who enjoys your company. Take care and enjoy life.

Josmary
Josmary

July 28, 2018

Loved to read his story, hero arts sure have wonderful people working for them.

Joan Bardee
Joan Bardee

July 28, 2018

so interesting. what a fascinating man!! love this series

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

July 28, 2018

What an awesome way to honor your employees! We forget there really are people behind the scenes that make everything we see and get possible. I enjoyed reading about Cornell, he sounds like he truly is a Hero’s Hero in life as well. God Bless.

Karen L K
Karen L K

July 28, 2018

It is nice to learn about what you do at Hero Arts and about what you do in your spare time. It looks like you like to hike. Was that photo taken at Mission Peak?

karenladd
karenladd

July 27, 2018

I love these peeks at the people at Hero Arts, behind the scenes. It is very telling that Cornell has been with you for 30 years! He obviously enjoys life to the fullest and has a wonderfully positive view of life. This article just made me smile!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

July 27, 2018

What a great intervieuw, this man is a man to my heart. I hope that make sense in English. I am not a native speaker.

Margaret
Margaret

July 27, 2018

Nice to meet you, Cornell! Looks like you have a full and joyous life!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

July 27, 2018

This is the second interview I have read about your employees. I hope that you continue to publish them, because I really enjoy them. What a wonderfully positive person Cornell is. I love that he was so appreciative of the woman returning his wallet (my husband has returned I don’t even know how many wallets he’s found, and a couple of times the person didn’t even thank him!). Anyway, I’m sure you appreciate his devotion to his job, and his attitude.

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

July 27, 2018

Awesome!!!!!

Heather L DePasquale
Heather L DePasquale

July 27, 2018

I just love this segment. It says a lot about a company when they have so many employees working there for so many years. Cornell, you sound like a very giving person. So happy you have found someone special. Keep living the dream!! Best to all!!

Virginia P
Virginia P

July 27, 2018

What a lovely tribute to Cornell and his well lived life. Thanks Cornell for helping Hero Arts be the wonderful company it is. Its wonderful that HA recognizes valued employees. May God continue to bless Cornell and all the HA employees.

Janet Axtman
Janet Axtman

July 27, 2018

What a Hero you have in Cornell! He clearly lives life to the fullest and embodies the American values that I think represents the best of our country. When I look at wooden Hero stamps in the future, Cornell will definitely come to mind and it will make my day to purchase while doing so.