Employee Highlight – Brady Forston, H&H Album Department
We are proud of our employees and the pride and care they take producing your orders and want to share their stories with you.
Each month we highlight one of our employees and the department they work in! You will get a look behind-the-scenes here at the lab, and get to know one of our own a little bit better.
Did you know that all of our album covers are handcrafted one at a time, to your specifications, right here at H&H Color Lab, in Kansas City, Missouri? The very special members of our Cover Department are responsible for making each one of these beautiful album covers, along with our folio and accordion wallet covers, 3-ring binder covers, covered CD cases, and more! It is here that you will find our sewing machine humming, our scissors cutting, our presses working, and all our tools and equipment organized ready for work. The enthusiasm, thought and care of the team members in our Cover Department is evident in this interview and point to why H&H stands out for our quality products!
I had the pleasure to sit down with one of H&H Color Lab’s most dedicated team members recently, Brady Forston. The care and pride he feels about his position within the company is transparent as he describes the process he uses when creating an album.
Q: What is it about your job that you love?
A: I know that I what I do each day matters. When I create an album cover and help build and album, I am creating something that a stranger will hopefully keep forever. I am creating something handcrafted and unique—an heirloom that our customer will enjoy for years to come. It’s a good feeling to create something like that with my own hands.
Q: Out of curiosity, which albums do you really enjoy creating?
A: I like our Leather Wrap Albums. They are really popular. I would say about half the orders I work on are the Leather Wraps. They are just so cool. I wish they had been around when I was a senior in high school. I think they work so well for that use. They are just special and unique, so they are interesting to work on.
Q: What different positions have you held here at the lab?
A: I have been here for about sixteen years, and so I have worked in just about every department except IT and Customer Service. I think having that varied background helps me when I am working on different projects, because I understand a lot of the inner workings of production here at the lab. I am able to see the bigger picture and understand the other parts of the processes that I work with.
Q: In your free time what do you like to do?
A: Well I don’t have kids, and I’m not married, so my time is all about my hobbies and friends—and I have a lot of both. My biggest hobby is gaming. I am into war games, role playing games and dice games. I actually do a podcast about gaming. I get to work with and interview a lot of the heads of various gaming companies. I am pretty proud of our podcast. It is on every continent except Antarctica.
I also read a lot of history, mathematics and strategy to help with the gaming. It’s something I have been into since I was very young. The cool thing is that gaming is pretty universal. What is popular here in the states often has similar popularity in other countries.