Cornhole boards out back, three kegs freshly tapped inside, a fridge stocked full of ten different types of soda, Kung Fu Friday’s and an endless supply of candy— Some may ask how does Corday get any work done? The answer starts and ends with Corday’s, owner Greg Courdy. “It wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have all that,” says Courdy. “It’s a quirky place, and If you like where you work, it’s not work, it’s fun.” Greg firmly believes “If you see the way this group works together, why would you ever leave?” Separating fun from productive work is a non-factor for the Corday employees. They want to work for Greg because “When I saw how Greg has built things, I realized how successful Corday could be,” said Steven Mota, a Corday employee. “It’s unlike anywhere else I’ve worked, and that’s because of Greg.” Which just speaks to the culture Greg has set at Corday Lighting, or “The Corday Way,” as Greg calls it, one of Greg’s many phrases you’ll hear if you stick around Corday long enough, along with “Corday All Day!” or “It’s a beautiful day at Corday!” Corday All Day, may seem like a silly motto, but to Greg it’s a lifestyle.
Greg starts most days the grind starts at 3 a.m, watching some cartoons and making breakfast for his family, and is in Corday by 4 a.m. ending his days around 5 p.m. or 6 o’clock. Greg says he wouldn’t have it any other way “I don’t sleep I won’t get out hustled. I won’t let anyone outwork us.” Describing someone as a hard worker can usually be monotonous, or looked at with the attitude of “prove it,” but for Greg Courdy it doesn’t take long to notice working hard is embedded within who he is.
Kegs, cornhole and motto’s aside Corday Lighting isn’t just a place of work it’s a family tradition for Greg. The original Corday Lighting started in 1967 on a corner lot in Long Beach, California Greg’s hometown. Corday Lighting was started by Greg’s Aunt Dee Dee, who hired Greg at 15 to help assemble light fixtures and repairs and he never looked back. Starting as a warehouse worker, then moving to sales and working his way up through the industry to owning “Corday 2.0” as he calls it, which is a dream come true situation for Greg. “I know I would be making my Aunt proud, and that means everything to me.” Continuing the legacy of his aunt, is just one aspect of the family environment Greg has installed at Corday. His Daughter, Amanda was Greg’s first employee. They had a small office in a converted house with Amanda’s personal laptop to work from, which Greg can’t help but grin when thinking how far Corday has come. Greg now works with his Son, Tyler and Sister-in-Law, Danielle along with Amanda. “Who wouldn’t want to work with their son and family everyday?” said Greg. “Things just wouldn’t be the same.”
Outside of work, Greg loves to travel with his wife Heather, and his family. He also enjoys playing the game Cornhole— it was his idea to bring cornhole boards, and a Corday cornhole league championship belt to work. Greg also loves watching movies, specifically Westerns. He watches almost two movies each weekend usually before 6 a.m. with one of his famous homemade Bloody Mary’s. Greg is also the Pitmaster of a competition barbeque team, Aces & Eights.
If you couldn’t tell by being in his office, Greg is a diehard Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Royals fan. He has two Troy Aikman jerseys framed in his office along with a personalized baseball from his favorite Royal, Willie Wilson. Greg and Heather have made the trip out to Dallas and Kansas City for Cowboys and Royals games in the past. Greg also doubles as an aspiring instagram model known as #InstaGreg. His signature pose is jumping during his photos— something he’s been seen doing while traveling across the world.
Still with all the aforementioned accolades, it’s hard to limit who Greg is with a simple workplace biography, It just doesn’t do him justice. Seeing Greg in his element at Corday is an experience you’ll have to judge firsthand.
Favorite Work Lunch: SEA Noodle Bar’s Spicy Beef Soup
Favorite Work Snack: String Cheese
Netflix Recommendation: Ozark or Archer
Favorite Disney movie: Jungle Book
Favorite Video Game: Mr Do! Arcade Game
Favorite Comedy Movie: Blazing Saddles or Vacation
Favorite Superhero: Gambit
HBO Series Recommendation: Deadwood
Favorite Cocktail: Dry Martini
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Is a hot dog a sandwich? Yes
Is Cereal soup? No
Dogs or Cats: Cats
Favorite Soda: Barqs Root Beer or Pepsi
Favorite Beer: Boont Amber Ale or Alley Cat Amber Ale