Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Announces Resignation of CEO

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (Feb. 18) – Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries announced that Mark Goloja, CEO, has resigned from his position to purse a new professional opportunity after nearly three years of service. Today will be his last day with the organization.

“Believing in the value of people and the power of work truly drives our mission at Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, and leading through this belief has been a great honor,” Goloja said. “Youngstown Goodwill and the communities we serve will always be very special to me.”

Upon Goloja’s departure, Youngstown Goodwill’s Board of Directors has appointed Annie Phillips, chief operating officer and chief missions officer, as the interim CEO. For the past weeks, Goloja has worked with Phillips, the executive team and the board to ensure a smooth transition.

“I know our organization will be in the most capable of hands, as I know Annie and the entire leadership team share the same philosophy on the power of Goodwill,” Goloja added.

During Goloja’s tenure, Youngstown Goodwill accomplished a number of goals through its programs, services and retail operations, including the addition of two stores and the relocation of two others. Internally, Goodwill focused on workplace culture, recruitment, employee retention and professional development.

“Mark has led Goodwill with dignity and respect, and we appreciate his contributions to our team, our organization and our community,” Phillips said. “I am excited for Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries to continue developing as a multifaceted community resource and enhancing our delivery of services to the area.”

ABOUT YOUNGSTOWN AREA GOODWILL INDUSTRIES, INC.: Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has been serving Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for more than 125 years. The nonprofit’s mission programs strive to expand employment and training opportunities for those with disabilities or other barriers and successfully serve thousands of people each year. Sales through the organization’s ten retail stores directly support its mission and help to divert millions of pounds of goods from area landfills. Additionally, Goodwill’s Business Services Division provides a variety of quality services to area businesses and organizations, while creating employment opportunities.

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