Employee Spotlight – Cory Mason

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1.What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t
Although I am pretty analytical and love solving problems, I am actually pretty good at art. I
usually stick to drawing or photography, but I’ve also done a little sculpting and painting. When I
was growing up, I used to spend a lot of time reading comics and then drawing the characters. I
also spent most of my time at the University of Nebraska in art classes.

2.What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Can’t never did anything”. I don’t remember who told me that, but I remember it being said
every time I said “I can’t” when I was little. It’s probably one of the things that has fueled me to
always figure out a way to do something. I love learning new ways to do things.

3.If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I think it would be “Simple Man” by Shinedown. I do like the original version by Lynyrd Skynyrd,
but the acoustic version by Shinedown is my favorite.

4.If you could have a super power, what would it be?
If I could have a super power, I think I would want the ability to reset any 24 hour period as
many times as I wanted to. Having the ability to go learn anything I wanted to, without worrying
about how much time it would take, or go back and fix a mistake, I think would be amazing.

5.Which talent would you most like to have?
I’ve always thought it would be cool to play the guitar, but I am not very musically inclined. I’ve
tried playing an instrument when I was a kid, but the running joke around the house was to
always ask me to go play the song “FAR AWAY”.

6.What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
One of the best books I’ve read was “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. It’s a very quick
read and gets you thinking about money in a different way.

7.What is your favorite movie?
It’s hard to pick just one movie to be my favorite. I’ve always loved going to movies, as they
were always just an escape for me. I probably have 3 movies that are my favorite. Braveheart,
Black Hawk Down, and Rudy.

8.What is your favorite TV show?
Right now I like home improvement shows or survival shows. My favorite show of all time is
“Firefly”. It only lasted 14 episodes, of which 11 aired on Fox (and not in the order they were
produced). The show has a huge cult following which spurred them to actually make a movie
called “Serenity”.

9.What is your favorite local restaurant?
It’s a sushi bar called Blue. My wife introduced me to sushi about 4 years ago when we were
dating. It’s one of our favorite places to go on Sundays for lunch. All day happy hour on
Sunday’s doesn’t hurt either!

10.If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would
it be?
It would be a toss up between Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Edison. I share my birthday with
Abraham Lincoln, and I think he was one of the greatest presidents of all time. Thomas Edison
was a brilliant inventor, but not because of what he invented. He was brilliant because he didn’t
let fear or failure get in his way of doing what he imagined and believed he could do. It takes a
lot of courage to keep getting back up every time you fail.