Northside Sun: A Conversation with Dave Hollingsworth on Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Industries of Mississippi has recently appointed David Hollingsworth as president and CEO. One of 165 branches of the national organization, Goodwill Industries of Mississippi works to create jobs and opportunities for many needing a second chance. Northside Sun Staff Writer Megan Phillips had the opportunity to speak with Hollingsworth about Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, what it has to offer citizens, and how he hopes to further improve the charitable organization.
Here’s an excerpt, and you can view the entire article as a PDF here.
What is your vision for your first year as president and CEO of Goodwill? Is there anything within the organization that needs immediate or drastic restructuring?
“Goodwill of Mississippi is all about growth. My vision is to grow our retail operations, which will add more jobs. We will be opening a new store in the Jacksonian Plaza in the spring and we have a market optimization plan that outlines a roadmap for growth over the next five years.
“Plans are in place to help our employees grow — assessing their talents, helping them improve through training, education and promoting from within. We also plan to grow through continuing our strong partnership with vocation rehabilitation and our federal ex-offenders program.
“We plan to build partnerships to create jobs for two groups that suffer from high unemployment: youth-at-risk and our veterans. And additionally, I believe it is our social responsibility to become a greener company.”
Special thanks to the Northside Sun for providing us with a copy of this story.