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Dale Irvin - General Manager

Dale Irvin

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Dale joined ReStore in 2010 after 10 years with the Concord Independent Tribune newspaper in their marketing department where he wore many hats - from graphic design to advertising sales.   Dale enjoyed the fast pace and the opportunity to use his skills across departments in the organization.  His previous role was advertising and marketing entrepreneur where Dale designed multiple campaigns creating everything from logos to print materials.  Dale started his business after working for the Charlotte Observer.  Dale uses his marketing expertise to promote the ReStore’s ideals and philosophy and to expand its community outreach. 

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Tom Somerville - Operations Manager

Tom Somerville


Tom joined ReStore in 2005 after working in retail management for 40 years in several large organizations including WalMart and TG&Y/McCrory.  His previous roles provided Tom with multiple layers of expertise in both merchandise sales and the art of pricing.  Tom uses this knowledge base daily when selecting items for ReStore displays, communicating with donors and volunteers, when scheduling staff, and arranging pick-up and delivery routes for large items.   

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Sandra Smith - Supervisor

Sandra Smith


Sandra came to the ReStore in 2009 through a program with the local department of aging.  She previously worked at Perdue Farms in Quality Assurance for 10 years where she ensured all safety and food prep processes were followed.   Sandra is also a multi-medium artist who works in paper, Fimo clay, acrylic and oil paints, and taught herself quilling.  She uses her artistic “eye” and organizational process expertise to make sure the ReStore stays safe and to oversee the silent auctions.

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Taurean Cunningham - Assistant Operations Manager

Taurean Cunningham

Taurean brought his six years of retail experience when he joined the ReStore team in 2009. In his previous positions he drove trucks, installed appliances and furniture in customers’ homes, set up retail displays, installed computer hardware and software, priced and sold multiple lines of merchandise. This broad background in sales and merchandising makes him a valuable member of the ReStore team. He quickly recognizes if an appliance, computer, furniture item or piece of sports equipment has all the parts it needs to work properly. Taurean’s skills are particularly helpful when ReStore tests donated appliances prior to putting them on the sales floor. Taurean takes pride in making sure all ReStore merchandise is in good working order.

Mr. Cunningham grew up in Cabarrus County and graduated from Concord High School. He is not married but does have a long-term girlfriend.

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Sanchez Alexander - Truck Driver

Sanchez Alexander

Sanchez joined the ReStore team in 2015 after working at CMC Northeast for eleven years. While employed with the hospital he worked in several areas including nutrition, transportation, dietary, and as a cook. Mr. Alexander’s roles brought him into contact with many different people with quite diverse needs. Sanchez learned the art of patient listening during his time with the hospital. Sanchez also worked as a cook in a local restaurant for nearly five years and learned to juggle multiple tasks efficiently while still smiling. These skills serve him well as a truck driver for ReStore Cabarrus. Sanchez serves as the face of ReStore when he picks up large donations and when he delivers customers’ items that are too large for the purchaser to safely bring home. His upbeat attitude and strong work ethic serves ReStore and the community well.

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Leon Hammond - Truck Driver

Leon Hammond

Leon joined the ReStore staff in 2006 and has seen a lot of changes over the years.  He says even though the store has changed locations and store operations have shifted, the people have remained constant.  The staff and customers always stay nice and cheerful. 

Leon spent 40 years working as a brick mason and carpenter and he enjoys building things.   He likes seeing visible progress on a project each day. Leon says he tries to do his best every single day and he finds the work interesting at ReStore.  The tasks and the merchandise change daily so he’s never bored. In addition, Leon likes the ReStore mission and likes helping people who may have hit a dead end and need a hand.

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