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Goodwill Recognizes Leaders and Achievers at Nov. 10 Banquet

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina held its annual Recognition Banquet on Thursday, November 10, at which time a number of individuals were cited for their service and accomplishments:

The 2016 Partner Agency Community Award went to W.G. (Bill) Hefner, of the Veterans Administration Medical Center.  The Corporate Partner award was made to Carolina Dry Heat, and the Employer award went to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Two Special Recognition awards were also announced: to Jen Brown, The Engaging Educator; and to Tim Dockery, The Crown Companies, LLC.

The Achiever of the Year award went to Michelle Mills, who overcame many obstacles to achieve success in the workplace.  And, the Graduate of the Year award was presented to Rashad Turner for demonstrating outstanding achievement by attaining and maintaining successful employment in the community.

Click here to watch Michelle’s story

Click here to watch Rashad’s story

Two outgoing Goodwill Board members were also recognized: Michael Clements of the Winston-Salem Foundation (retired); and, Vicke Russell of Wake Forest Baptist Health (retired).

Art Gibel, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, presided and gave the welcome.  This year’s keynote speaker was North Carolina Secretary of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III .  The emcee was Dave Goren, and the benediction was delivered by the Reverend Nate Williams, a (retired) senior manager with Goodwill’s Retail Operations Division.

Goodwill helps people enhance their lives through training, workforce development services, and collaboration with other community organizations. Thanks to generous public support, and the donation of household items which are then sold at Goodwill stores, thousands of people throughout the region are assisted each year in securing meaningful employment.

Five awards were made to Goodwill employees for their demonstration of key values.  The categories and winners were:

“Integrity” –  Keysha Macklin, Winston-Salem Finance,
“Excellence” – Desiree Ramey, Retail District Manager, Southeast,
“Accountability” – Greg Tefft, Asheville Transportation,
“Collegiality” – Holly White, Winston-Salem Human Resources, and
“Innovation” –  to employees at Veterans Services in Buncombe, Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes Counties

For more information, contact Jaymie Eichorn at jeichorn@goodwillnwnc.org, or call 336-406-4732.

Click here to view an event photo album