ASHTABULA — Phillip Johnston has been named president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula Inc., according to the non-profit agency’s board of directors.
Johnston, of Ashtabula Township, replaces Bill Hyland, interim CEO.
“I am both grateful and honored the board has chosen me to lead Goodwill in advancing their mission,” Johnston said.
As a lifelong area resident, 1982 graduate of Edgewood High School, and owner of P&J North Coast Vending, Johnston has had a long history in the community.
In addition to serving 14 years on Goodwill’s executive board of directors in various capacities, including vice president for five years, he served as a member of Buckeye Local Schools Citizen and Audit Committee, Buckeye Local Schools Levy Committee, local president of Business Network International and a member of the Ashtabula Rotary Club.
In his new role, Johnston recently traveled to Washington D.C. to attend Goodwill’s CEO Orientation, where he shared information and garnered new ideas.
Johnston said he’s excited to create and nurture relationships in northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania, where Goodwill does business.
In addition to Goodwill’s six retail stores and 160 employees, Johnston is focused on expanding the agency’s workforce development programs.
“Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula will continue to provide job development and workforce initiatives to individuals who experience challenges with getting and keeping a job,” he said.
“We face challenges as many non-profits do, but we will continue to uphold our mission and help people locally.”
Throughout the past five years nationally, 1 in 200 people were employed as a direct result of Goodwill training initiatives.
Johnston encourages area residents to donate to Goodwill.
Every time someone shops at a Goodwill retail store, 86 percent of every dollar received at the register is channeled back into the community in the form of local job placement as well as job training programs and services.
For more information on donating and a list of desirable goods, visit www.goodwillready.org/donate.html or call Goodwill directly at (440) 964-3565.
Johnston and his wife of 30 years, Sandy, have two children, Blake and Lindsey, both graduates of Miami University. The Johnstons have two grandsons.
When he’s not working, Johnston said he enjoys off-roading with his Jeep, attending Jeep rallies and camping.