PITTSBURGH, September 1, 2021 – Michael Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, was recently named as one of the recipients of the 2021 Pittsburgh Business Times Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges who won the award last year. They made their selections based on the success of the CEO’s company or nonprofit organization and their efforts to support the community.
Nominated by Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors, Mr. Smith was recognized for his leadership of Goodwill’s response to the unprecedented adversity and challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. For the first time in the organization’s 100-year history, all of Goodwill’s area thrift stores and most of its workforce development programs and services were required to close for several months.
By year end however, Goodwill SWPA still provided services to 13,647 adults and youth, which was 3,000 more than the previous year. This included virtual services provided to 3,809 individuals for the first time in Goodwill SWPA’s history. Today, just over a year after the mandated closures, the organization has rebuilt its financial foundation and is near the completion of a $10 million capital campaign. In 2020, Mr. Smith also launched an organization-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative.
“As honored as I am to receive this award, I am quick to acknowledge the tremendous effort of my incredible leadership team that I have the pleasure of working with every day, as well as every hardworking Goodwill team member throughout the organization that makes things happen,” said Michael Smith.
“Maybe it should be called the “Outstanding Team” award because I share this award with everyone at Goodwill!”
Mr. Smith, a resident of Washington, PA, has been President/CEO of Goodwill SWPA since 2002. He began at Goodwill in 1989 as the organization’s Controller. Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has served in many community leadership positions including Board membership on the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, Pennsylvania Association of Goodwills, Robert Morris University, and the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, where he also served as President.
“Mike certainly demonstrated outstanding leadership and resilience guiding Goodwill to rebound and eventually thrive under the most extreme conditions,” said Marijane Treacy, Chairperson of Goodwill SPWA’s Board of Directors. “The Board is truly grateful to be able to work with him as the leader of our organization as we move forward in our next century of service in this community. We also offer our sincere congratulations to all of the other winners.”
Award winners will be honored in a special publication of the Pittsburgh Business Times on September 10, 2021, through online coverage, and at a September 17 event at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.
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Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified nonprofit human service agency that serves southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc. and Mission Logistics, LLC. The agency operates 35 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training, education and related services to help people overcome employment barriers. Last year, Goodwill SWPA served 13,647 adults and youth, including 3,809 virtually, while employing 1,200 people. These factors resulted in $71,615,000 of economic output during the year.