Michael W. McBride, executive director of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, is retiring after 38 years with the agency, 34 as the director. McBride’s retirement date is set for March 1, 2017, with the possibility of earlier if a successor is found.
“I have chosen to retire because it is time. I will always love Goodwill, our employees, our staff, our board and the people we provide services to every day, but it is time that I do some things I want to do with my wife and family, says McBride. I am sure that my working days are not over, but they will no longer be every day.”
McBride graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He began his tenure with Goodwill in 1978 as the finance director. He later took over as executive director in 1982.
The Goodwill board of directors has formed a search committee to begin the process of looking for McBride’s replacement. The committee will be using a The Yunker Group of Cincinnati to conduct a comprehensive search for potential candidates.
Under his guidance Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has earned 12 straight CARF accreditations with the last having no recommendations, meaning that Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries meets the highest standards for the services it provides. Additionally under the guidance of McBride, Goodwill began, and continues, to provide services to people who are blind or visually impaired; annually provides services to over 5,000 individuals; increased the budget from $1.8 million to $6 million, with 94% of the revenue generated by Goodwill; increased employee wages from $1.2 million to over $3 million annually; began full commercial laundry and janitorial services to increase employment opportunities; established an endowment fund to help meet capital and operational needs, to name just a few of the many accomplishments over the years.
“It has truly been my pleasure to be employed by Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries for over 38 years, says McBride. We have been able to help thousands of people. The success of the organization would not be possible without the staff and our employees. We have always had a very supportive board and energetic volunteers. Our community has been very generous in helping us to meet our mission. I’m thankful that I was able to be a small part of the success of the organization.”