Thursday, August 27, 2009

Atlanta CEO to Chair Goodwill Industries International's(R) Board of Directors

/PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries International(R), Inc., (GII) has elected Ray Bishop of Atlanta, GA, as its new chair. Bishop took office during Goodwill's annual Delegate Assembly, held in Indianapolis, IN, this June, and will serve a one-year term.

Bishop has served as the President and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc. based in Atlanta for the last 19 years. Before joining Goodwill of North Georgia, he served as the CEO at Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina (Greensboro), Memphis Goodwill Industries (TN), and North Louisiana Goodwill Industries (Shreveport). Throughout his tenure, Bishop has demonstrated tremendous business management and a passion for serving others.

While at Goodwill, Bishop exceeded business goals by investing in the donated goods business line, including adding more convenient locations. He expanded commercial service lines by securing several large janitorial service contracts while supporting six self-funded career centers that maintained employment training, job placement and support services during a struggling economy.

"Ray Bishop set the bar by lending his financial and business expertise, which created new and sustainable jobs, and serves as a visionary leader within Goodwill," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "His passion for the Goodwill mission and his counsel will be invaluable to Goodwill in the year ahead."

Bishop is the 2005 recipient of the Kenneth K. King Management Award, recognizing a Goodwill executive for outstanding management abilities and accomplishments. Bishop is also the former chairman of Goodwill Industries International's Conference of Executives, the executive association of Goodwill CEOs.

Bishop earned his MA in Asian studies from Florida State University and his BBA in marketing from Florida Atlantic University. In addition to Goodwill Industries International's Board of Directors, Bishop previously served on the board of the Georgia Goodwill Association and was vice president of the Georgia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.

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