Los Angeles Goodwill CEO Honored with 2011 Kenneth K. King Management Award

Rockville, MD — When Doug Barr took the helm of Goodwill Southern California (Los Angeles) in 1995, the agency served fewer than 2,200 people per year with an operating budget of $22 million. Today, the Goodwill® is a thriving $130 million organization serving more than 92,000 annually. For his business acumen in furthering Goodwill’s mission, Barr has been awarded the 2011 Kenneth K. King Management Award for Executive Excellence from Goodwill Industries International.
Barr’s commitment to workforce development is evidenced by the Los Angeles Goodwill’s five one-stop career centers and five job service centers in three counties covering 31,000 square miles. When the economy worsened, the agency funded 16 placement service representatives who now work one-on-one with job seekers and local businesses to place people into positions in organizations that need them, as well as providing benefits to both parties. Revenues for programs are generated by 67 retail stores as well as through document destruction, e-cycling and contracts services.
Barr also encouraged all 13 California Goodwill agencies to participate in an economic impact report reflecting the contribution of Goodwill statewide. The resulting report powerfully demonstrates Goodwill’s economic impact in California at $259 million annually.
“Doug is a leader among Goodwill chief executive officers and inspires others with his commitment to the Goodwill mission,” said Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “By implementing a rigorous strategic planning and visioning process, he’s led his agency to be one of the most successful in the Goodwill enterprise.”
The Kenneth K. King Award for Management Excellence is presented to a Goodwill Industries executive in recognition of outstanding management abilities and accomplishments. The award recognizes a CEO whose performance consistently demonstrates strong organizational impact related to mission, excellence and sustainability. It is named for the late Kenneth K. King, who endowed the Kenneth K. King Management Award for Executive Excellence Trust. The award is the highest honor a Goodwill CEO can receive.