Goodwill Retail and Business Expert Inducted into Goodwill Hall of Fame

Goodwill Industries International
Thursday, 19 June 2003

Mary Cochran Becomes First Female Non-Goodwill CEO Inductee

Mary Cochran has accomplished a long list of firsts during her 38-year Goodwill history. She was the first woman to complete Goodwill's executive training program and one of the early Goodwill retail executives to apply a conventional business model to Goodwill thrift stores, focusing on appearance as an important retail element. Under Cochran's guidance, two Goodwills took on their first NISH contracts and her leadership led Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Astoria, NY) to become the first nonprofit to use an automated employment application system in stores.

Cochran has enhanced retail operations around the globe, and most notably at the three Goodwills where she has worked. She began as a secretary at Goodwill Industries of Houston (Texas) in 1964. Before her departure as Senior Vice President of Operations, revenues had grown from $300,000 to $7 million. From 1986 to 1995, revenues doubled at Goodwill Industries of Southern California (Los Angeles) during Cochran's tenure as Operations Vice President. Cochran now serves as Senior Vice President of Operations at the New York-New Jersey Goodwill, where she increased sales from $5 million in 1995 to $16 million-plus in 2002.

"Mary's contributions go far beyond the business of retail," adds Rex Davidson, President and CEO of New York-New Jersey Goodwill. Cochran reaches out to community leaders to get them involved in Goodwill. She also has promoted in-store training for Goodwill program participants and in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and other rehabilitation agencies.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc. inducts Cochran into the prestigious Goodwill Industries Hall of Fame, established to recognize retired Goodwill executives, staff, donors and others who have made exemplary contributions to the Goodwill Industries movement.

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