As young adults, we are constantly questioning how much of an impact our presence really makes on the people around us. Did we make a difference? Did we make a lasting and meaningful impression? Did we create something worthwhile?
In the case of Kenny Flores, the answer would have to be: yes, he did. As the Interactive Content Producer for the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Marketing, Design and Public Relations (MDPR) Department, Flores has had an active role in dozens’ of students’ lives for the past seven years.
After years of contributing his amazing talents to ASI as both student staff and later on, professional staff, Flores will be leaving his position here at MDPR today, and knowledge of his absence is definitely taking its toll on students. With goodbyes being exchanged and tears being shed, it’s evident that Flores made his mark, here at ASI.
So how did Flores really impact the students of Cal Poly Pomona (CPP)? There’s no other way to describe it than to have the students share their experiences themselves:
“I’ll miss Kenny’s laugh. Not only is it the greatest thing your ears will ever hear but it embodies such warmth that it will make you happy no matter how bad your day is. The man has a good spirit and getting to work with him has been a blessing.” — ASI Graphic Designer Adrian Arvizu
“My favorite thing about Kenny is how well rounded he is. He is able to have fun when it’s time to have fun and be professional when it’s time to be professional. No where else have I seen a man of such great skill. I will miss his advice. Being able to talk to him about anything at anytime and having an answer or even an idea that is not only valid but actually works, is just so hard to find and especially on a regular basis. So I am going to miss that… and his loud laughs.” — ASI Operations Assistant Snah Desai
“It’s hard realizing that Kenny will be leaving us shortly. He has been there since day one for me and actually everyone else in our office. I have seen so many people come and go, but he will be the hardest one to see leave. I’m sad to see him go, but I know he will be moving on to greater things. To me, Kenny is the spirit of Gas Creative Group. I will miss his laugh and dad jokes. He is a father figure to many of us in the office and it doesn’t even matter if you are part of Gas or not. It’s nice to know that he is always available to talk about anything. Another thing I will miss is his inspiring nature. Kenny is always trying to push us all to the next level and he also supports the creative ideas that we come up with. I feel inspired just being around him because he is an amazing guy. Every month, Kenny also pours his heart and soul into our potluck emails. They are something that I always look forward to reading every month. He puts a lot of thought in each and they truly show his funny and whimsical side. I feel that the office environment of Gas will never be the same without him.” — ASI Photographer Neil Johnson
“My favorite thing about Kenny would have to be his inviting personality. Kenny takes time to have a real conversation with you. When I first got hired to work here, it was Kenny who made me feel welcome. I haven’t known him as long as the rest of the office, but I know that I will miss his positive nature, genuine kindness and his perfectly crafted emails. Kenny has helped me learn the importance of taking the time to know people and that cuffing your pants is a fashion ‘do.’ I know he’s going to be great wherever he goes, and I wish him nothing but the best!” — ASI Writer/Editor Bonnie Paresa
“I remember the first day I started working, Jon introduced me to Kenny and said you could talk to him about absolutely anything. And if you needed to talk to someone just to talk, Kenny was the guy to go to. I think that’s my favorite thing about him because he is so conversational. You could literally talk to him about anything and it would always be a good conversation. He actively listens to what you say and engages in the conversation so it’s never boring. He’s always fun to talk to. I’m going to miss his laugh (of course). I’m going to miss his smiling and welcoming face as the first thing I see when I walk in the office. I’m going to miss our banters with each other and truth be told, I’m honestly going to miss him constantly making fun of me. I’m going to miss the weird things I catch him doing. I’m going to miss everything about him and I hate that I had such a short time.” — ASI Graphic Designer Erin Safreno
“When I first started at MDPR, I was nervous to talk to anyone because I’m very shy when in a new environment. Kenny was one of the first people to make me feel welcomed. That’s the thing that’s so wonderful about Kenny—he always takes the time to ask how someone’s doing and genuinely cares about their well-being. You don’t meet someone like him very often, especially as a supervisor in an office setting. Kenny has always been one of my favorite people to converse with in the office. I could always approach him with something, whether it was to confide in him with something personal or to ask for advice about school and work. He’s one of the most charismatic people I’ve met at ASI, and his energy bounces off him and onto other people. What I’ll miss the most about Kenny is how he’ll always make me question all of my design choices. It made me take the time to really think about my designs, which strengthened my skills as a designer both creatively and logically.” — ASI Graphic Designer Natalie Tran
“He always tries to be funny and keeps a good mood in the office! My favorite memory of him is when we worked together until nighttime and decorated the office for the new websites’ launch celebration. I’ll miss his funny emails for our office potlucks and his overall kindness. He taught me about good customer service. He always tells us to be helpful to visitors, and even when I couldn’t help visitors and needed Kenny’s help, he always said, ‘Thank you’ to me.” — ASI Web Developer Mai Tsunawaki
“Kenny was not only a supervisor. To myself and countless others, Kenny was a guide, a role model, and a close friend. He’s shared so much of his wisdom, both in professional matters and in ‘real life’ matters. While others may complain complain and speak badly about their bosses, I can do nothing but brag. He’s played such a big part in helping me discover and chase after my passions in videography and photography. He’s also been a part in why I look forward to going to work throughout the week. There’s always something new to learn or get really stoked about with him around. I couldn’t have asked for a better supervisor, and I hope reach even half his level of awesome-ness one day. It’s a bittersweet moment because he is leaving, yet he’s moving on to greater things. Nevertheless he deserves all of his successes, and I am honored that in my time at ASI Marketing (Formerly Gas Creative Group) so far, I was able to have such an incredible person as my mentor and friend.” — ASI Multimedia Developer CJ Soriano
Kenny Flores brought a light to the office that won’t dim after his absence. The mark he left will last for years to come, no matter how many new people come through the MDPR office.
So it makes you think, Broncos—are you leaving the mark you want to leave? Let us know with the hashtag, #CampusCropChat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Farewell, Kenny; be awesome!