Goodwill Industries International Elects New Board Chair

Goodwill Industries International
Monday, 30 June 2003

The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., has elected Michael Elder, as its new chair. Elder took office during Goodwill's annual Delegate Assembly, held in Greensboro, NC, June 21-24. He will serve a one-year term.

Elder has served as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC) since 1976. During his tenure there, he has continually increased the Charlotte Goodwill's annual revenue and improved service and program visibility in his community. In 2002, the Charlotte Goodwill earned $20.8 million in total operating revenue, and ranked among the top 25 of 174 Goodwill organizations in North America. The agency provided employment and training services to more than 5,000 people.

"Michael's exceptional programming and ability to plan strategically will sustain Goodwill Industries as a leader in job training and career services," says George W. Kessinger, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "His commanding character, strong work ethic and unwavering dedication to the Goodwill mission will guide the Board as it implements Goodwill's strategic plan for the 21st century."

Elder began his Goodwill career in 1975 in Baltimore as Director of Community Services at Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake. Before joining Goodwill, Elder worked at Marriott Corporation (Bethesda, MD) and Southwest Christian Parish, United Methodist Church (Baltimore). He earned an AA from Wesley College (Dover, DE), an AB from Western Maryland College (Westminster, MD), and attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta).

Elder has served two consecutive terms as Vice Chair of the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors and is a past officer of the organization's Conference of Executives. In 2002, he received Goodwill's prestigious Kenneth K. King Award for executive excellence. Elder served as an officer of the North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and was appointed to serve as a member of the North Carolina Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities. He is a member of Rotary International, serves on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board and the United Way of Central Carolinas Council of Agency Executives. When he's not leading or advising, Elder enjoys reading and riding motorcycles. He resides in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and daughter.

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