Business Foresight and Leadership Skills Earn National/Local Board Chair Honors

Goodwill Industries International
Thursday, 19 June 2003

Carl E. Hansen Receives Goodwill Industries Board Leader's Award

Carl E. Hansen has served continuously on either the board of directors of Goodwill Industries International (GII) or Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Austin) for 31 years. As GII Board Chair from 1999-2001, Hansen convened several forums that propelled the Goodwill movement toward the positive governance solutions and drew special attention to important CEO issues such as retirement planning.

Locally, Hansen's leadership has transformed the Austin Goodwill from a small agency that served 123 clients to the 11th largest Goodwill, now serving thousands. He was instrumental in establishing the Goodwill's family enrichment center, temporary services agency, set-aside contracts and endowment fund. Hansen has overseen several major renovations, acquisitions and moves, and has made significant financial contributions to the Goodwill.

Hansen began his career as a speech pathologist, later earning a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has educated hundreds of counselors during his 26-year career at the University of Texas. During that time, he received the Switzer Award, vocational rehabilitation's "Oscar." In 1975, he founded Vocational Appraisal and Planning, a company that assesses the abilities of injured workers.

He also mentored Terry Macfarlane and Jerry Davis, the only CEOs at the Austin Goodwill during Hansen's tenure, encouraging both executives to take on local and national leadership positions. "Both Terry and I appreciated Hansen's ability to unite board and staff opinion, maintain stability and support growth - often requiring radical changes in direction," Davis says of his board chair. Goodwill Industries honors Hansen with the Board Leader's Award for his superior achievements in business. The award is given to an officer or member of a local Goodwill board of directors in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to a member Goodwill organization.

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