Who Is Amorphous Gray?
The Man Behind the Name
Amorphous Gray was an idealist who believed people were inherently good. He came from humble beginnings in the small Washington town of Yakima and earned an appointment to the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1967. He suffered a debilitating leg injury during a field training exercise at Lake Frederick, West Point. The injuries he sustained forced him to disenroll from the Academy due to before the start of academics of his Plebe year. Although his tenure at the USMA was short-lived, he wholeheartedly embraced the ideals of Duty, Honor, Country, and the prestige associated with members of the Long Gray Line.
After leaving the Academy, Amorphous returned to his native Washington and started a parts distribution company that built and sold material handling equipment to businesses in the local ship building industry. He was a primary supplier to Cascade General and earned a sizeable fortune in this trade as a minority-owned small business. His business success, coupled with a healthy inheritance, enabled him to retire comfortably and set his sights on giving back to society.
This unction to make positive inroads in the lives of people led him to establish the company which bears his name. He wanted to create a company where idealism was the standard and not a philosophical concept. He wanted that company populated with individuals who held themselves to high standards and who earnestly believed in the values and beliefs instilled by the traditions, customs and ideals touted by West Point. He sought to establish a company where people were true to the word… would go the extra mile for their colleagues and could be regarded as entirely dependable by their peers. His lack of patience for so-called influential people who operated more in prose than action prompted him to start Amorphous Gray in June 1990.
For close to 30 years, Mr. Gray was the chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of a small, hand-picked group of professionals who enacted programs, activities and events that built capacity among disenfranchised populations. In 2019, he retired from active management of the corporation and provided his consent for the business to operate in a more overt and formal fashion.
Based on his desires, the company is now established as a legally recognized tax-exempt organization collectively managed by a small group of West Point graduates who subscribe to the ideals Amorphous Gray sought to govern the affairs of the business. As Chair-emeritus of the organization, Mr. Gray is a trusted and respected advisor to the leadership team.