Jerry Davis Awarded CEO of the Year by ABJ

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Jerry Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas, was awarded the Austin Business Journal’s CEO of the Year, non-profit category, in a ceremony on September 22.

Mark Hiemstra, COO of Goodwill Central Texas, accepted the award on Jerry’s behalf.

Read more about the award in this Austin Business Journal article.

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It’s a true honor to be recognized in this community. Together, we can make it even better.”

– Jerry Davis

Other milestones during Jerry’s term as CEO:

Since Jerry joined Goodwill Central Texas as CEO in July of 1997, revenue has risen from $16 million dollars to more than $90 million dollars last year.

Under his leadership, Goodwill now serves over 14,000 unique clients every year, whose disability, criminal background, lack of education, or housing situation result in unemployment and poverty.

Goodwill Central Texas has nearly 1,600 employees, making it the 17th largest business in Central Texas.

Because of Jerry’s leadership, Goodwill Central Texas now places 13th among the largest operating revenues of 175 Goodwill agencies worldwide.

Jerry has won other awards for our company and our employees, like this year’s Goodwill Industries International Achiever of the Year Award that went to Charles Jackson, General Manager of Round Rock Goodwill. Jerry’s leadership helps create those kinds of opportunities and successes.

In 2015, Goodwill earned 1st place in the Goodwill Industries International Energy Challenge. All of this success doesn’t come without a commitment to excellence. In 2013, again, he piloted Goodwill to win the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, and first place award for Ethics in Business Maxwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jerry is also committed to working with local employers. Goodwill depends on great relationships with them to hire our clients, after we’ve given them access to the education and career training they need. Those employers are now opening our clients up to amazing career pathways, and they in turn are putting money back into our economy. It’s helping their families become stable and hopeful about the future.



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