Goodwill President and CEO Rick Evanchyk to Step Down at End of 2018

Vice President of Operations John Nadeau appointed as successor
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nov. 26, 2018 - PRLog -- Rick Evanchyk, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc., has announced that he will leave his post after four years as President and CEO and 15 years total with the organization. After great consideration, Evanchyk is looking forward to spending more time with family and exploring new opportunities. Evanchyk believes the timing of his departure is right as he will be leaving the organization in great hands to move the company forward and make it stronger.

"It has been an honor and an absolute highlight of my career to work for this incredible organization. To be able to say that I worked along- side people every day whose focus was making an impactful change in someone's life has been an amazing experience for me and one that I will never forget", says Evanchyk.

Under Evanchyk's leadership, the Southwest Florida Goodwill agency has made major strides in organizational growth, persons served, community collaboration, and other accomplishments including the development and expansion of our Pathways programs. One of his major accomplishments is the organization's HUD Housing initiative for people with disabilities. Under his direction the Goodwill housing program has 16 focused apartments in operation with more than 200 residents. This is up from six apartments when he joined the organization. In addition, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's housing program recently received an award for Excellence in Management from the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association.

After careful deliberation, the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has officially appointed John Nadeau, currently the organization's Vice President of Operations, to be the new President and CEO. Nadeau has worked at the organization for the last three years and in his short time, he has successfully seen the organization through some of its most challenging retail times.

Prior to his move to Southwest Florida, Nadeau spent eight years at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region (Tacoma, Wash.), the majority of that time as director of stores.  In Tacoma, he was responsible for the operation of 35 Goodwill retail stores and e-commerce operations with combined yearly sales of more than $65 million. Nadeau also has extensive experience in the grocery retail industry, including 23 years with Fred Meyer, Inc. and as president/owner of an upscale supermarket.

"John brings a varied background with him to the leadership table," says Evanchyk.

"He has Goodwill experience, for-profit retail experience, and has held positions at many different levels of management. I am thrilled to be able to pass on this opportunity to someone who will keep mission at the core of what we do and maintain the continuity and positive direction of what has been started."

Mike Sullivan, Board Chair states, "Rick has led our Goodwill through very challenging times all the while keeping us mission focused and financially sound. Under his leadership, our agency has grown from about 300 employees to over 800, and from serving just over 5,000 people through our programs and services to well over 28,000 people each year. We are very grateful for all that he has done for this organization."

Sullivan goes on to say, "The appointment of John will be a seamless transition. We look forward to John's leadership and his direction to take us to the next level."

In response to his appointment, John has this to say, "It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead an organization with such a tremendous impact on the Southwest Florida community. The legacy that both previous CEOs Tom Feurig and Rick Evanchyk have left behind will be one that I will proudly strive to uphold and take to the next level.  We have a great team here at our Goodwill and I look forward to keeping the momentum going."

Evanchyk will continue his term as President and CEO through 2018. Nadeau will officially take over in mid-January 2019.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida assisted more than 37,000 individuals last year through its various programs and services. The organization is committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.For more information, visit

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