Cincinnati, OH ·· October 5, 2022 ·· Ohio Valley Goodwill Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer Effective January 1, 2023.
The Board of Directors of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries announces Mark Hiemstra will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer for the organization effective January 1st, 2023. Hiemstra will replace long-time President and CEO, Joseph S. Byrum. Hiemstra has served as Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2020 and previously served in the same role for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas in Austin as well as Vice President of the organization for more than 10 years. His previous professional experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer for Sandusky Bay Area Goodwill Industries in Sandusky, Ohio.
Mr. Hiemstra is a non-profit executive with more than thirty years of experience in working multiple service and business channels to achieve organizational goals. Hiemstra has worked under the direction of retiring President and CEO Joe Byrum for the past several years to familiarize him with the operations of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. The Board of Directors, under the leadership of Bill Courtney, President of the Board, unanimously selected Hiemstra for the role of new President and CEO and looks forward to his service in support of the organization’s 106 year old mission of service to the Greater Cincinnati community.
Bill Courtney, Chairman of Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Board of Director noted the following:
“Having worked with Joe Byrum over the past several years, Mark is well prepared to lead a smooth transition of leadership at OVGI. Mark’s experience, skill and vision for the organization will ensure continued success as it grows and serves our community. We are excited to see what the future holds for OVGI under Mark’s guidance.”
New Goodwill President and CEO, Mark Hiemstra stated “I am honored to have been selected by our Board of Directors as the new President and CEO for Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. I look forward to helping the organization continue its proud tradition of service to the Greater Cincinnati community and the individuals it serves. As a member of this community, I am inspired by the course set by current President Joe Byrum and am eager to explore opportunities that expand collaborations and services with other impactful organizations in support of our 106 year mission. We have a fantastic Board of Directors, leadership team and staff optimally positioned for the growth of Ohio Valley Goodwill and our critical role in the community.”
Established in 1916, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is one of the largest providers of Employment and Training services for people with disabilities, military veterans, individuals challenged with homelessness and other barriers to employment in Southwest Ohio. The organization operates 19 retail stores, 31 Attended Donation Centers and a number of business operations to generate revenue in support of its longtime mission of service to the community. Annually, the organization serves almost 3000 people and in 2021, assisted 920 to obtain jobs in the community. The overall economic impact of Goodwill is more than $63 million dollars a year when wages paid, wages earned by placed individuals, taxes paid and governmental assistance saved are calculated.
Ohio Valley Goodwill welcomes Mark Hiemstra, new President and CEO and looks forward to his leadership in the years to come.
Sharon Hannon, Marketing Director
Michael Flannery, Public Information Officer
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