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People Make All the Difference

According to a recent study, U.S. adults spend nearly one third of their lives at work or actively engaging in work. That means the people who you see and interact with every day at the office, or these days on the Zoom and WebEx calls, quickly become a major part of your life. At Gray, this is a natural part of who we are. Gray is, in one word, family. The company began as a family-based business back in 1960, and that theme has remained at the heart of the organization, even as it has grown to include more than 1,000 team members. We spoke with Assistant Design Manager John Mason about being a part of the Gray family and why it is so vital to the success of the company.


Since you started with Gray, how has the company changed in your opinion?


The company has grown quite a bit since I have been here, and the facilities we are designing and building have also become more complex.


What do you enjoy most about your work?


I enjoy the people I work with and the interesting projects we work on. I have made some great friendships since I’ve been at Gray. I also feel like I learn something daily about our customers process/products or just construction in general.


What does being a part of the Gray Family mean to you?


It means there is always someone around willing to lend a hand when you need it and always having a group of people around to enjoy life’s wins with you.


What has been your most memorable experience with Gray since you started?


I think there are two: The first is joining the ”Meat Heads” to help cook most of the meat for the company-wide Gray Family Annual Tailgate with team members and their families. I’m going to miss it this year with us not being able to get everyone together due to the current pandemic! Yes, we have to get started bright and early in the morning to have everything ready for lunch, but we have a blast.


John, second from left, along with Gray, Inc. President & CEO Stephen Gray, far left, and other members of the “Meat Heads” at the Gray Family Annual Tailgate.


The second was being part of a large project team that lead to a historic project win in the food & beverage market. We started that proposal right as the pandemic lockdown began, but we worked hard through diversity to win it. I can’t wait to see that project be built.


In one word or phrase, how would you describe Gray as a company?


A family. No matter how large we become, we still feel like a small, close-knit group of people.


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Participants in the 2019 Graymazing Race, including John Mason. One of many fun Gray family event held throughout the year.
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