TUCSON (July 10, 2008) — The winner of the third-annual Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy program and a $20,000 office remodel from local office furniture dealer Goodmans Interior Structures is Bill Carnegie, president and CEO of the Community Food Bank. Carnegie was surprised with the news yesterday when Goodmans’ “Prize Patrol” showed up at his office with balloons, a congratulatory banner and a group of well-wishers.
“I have my dream job and now I am going to have my dream office,” said Carnegie, adding, “There were 10 finalists in the Tucson group and each and every one, in their own right, was deserving of this recognition.”
The Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy contest began in March with a call for nominations to find the most dedicated and effective leader of a Pima County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ten finalists were selected from a distinguished roster of the most outstanding nonprofit leaders in the area. Carnegie was chosen as the winner through a combination of online public voting and assessment by a panel of local judges. Almost 25,000 votes were cast by the public during the monthlong voting period in June.
“Bill Carnegie’s impressive achievements, sound financial planning, thoughtful strategic planning and supportive leadership have led the organization to success,” said Bob Hayes, vice president and general manager of Goodmans Interior Structures. “We’re pleased to reward his good work with a new space that will support his work style, improve his productivity and enhance the Community Food Bank’s organizational mission.”
The Community Food Bank anticipates and meets the food needs of the hungry in Pima County through education, advocacy and the acquisition, storage and distribution of food. As a leader who runs the Community Food Bank as though it were a for-profit business, Carnegie knows that sound financial decisions and openness to public scrutiny are key to his organization’s success. The results-driven organization reviews its mission annually and constantly seeks opportunities to expand its role in the community. Carnegie, who has led the organization for more than two years, recently spearheaded an effort to develop a 1,000-day strategic plan using input from key staff members from each department.
Stressing the importance of staff contributions, Carnegie supports employee recognition and involves staff in management decisions and strategic planning. He recognizes that his staff’s interactions with the community reflect on the organization and considers it his job to ensure that managers are able to support staff.
Kay McLoughlin, community and government relations manager for Raytheon Missile Systems; Kelle Maslyn, corporate affairs manager for Comcast Cable; Rick Stilgenbauer, assistant director of the Office of Federal Relations for the University of Arizona; Robert Hayes, vice president and general manager for Goodmans Interior Structures; and Sharon Foltz, director of community relations at UniSource Energy Services and Tucson Electric Power Company comprised the panel of judges who evaluated the finalists.
Judges assessed each candidate based on his or her application of good business principles, demonstration of excellence in leadership, organizational influence on the community/populations served, and need for a more efficient workspace.
Design of Carnegie’s new office, by a team from the Southwest Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), will begin immediately, and will include new office furniture and other appropriate interior construction products. Construction will be provided by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, and Shaw Contract Group will provide flooring. Additionally, thanks to the generosity of Larsen Gallery, a Scottsdale-based art gallery, Carnegie will receive his choice of two pieces of art for his office valued at approximately $1,000. These contributing organizations are also program sponsors. His new space will be unveiled in the fall.
“When you’re dealing with poverty and hunger on a daily basis like we are, it can be pretty depressing. So it is especially nice for the Community Food Bank to be recognized in this way,” said Carnegie.
In addition to Carnegie, this year’s “Good Guy” finalists were Anthony Young, executive director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA); Bonnie Kampa, executive director of Interfaith Community Services ; Kelly Langford, president and CEO of the Tucson Urban League; Larry Rush, executive director of St. Luke’s Home; Leslie Ann Williams, executive director of Information & Referral Services, Inc.; Marcia Berger, executive director of Arts for All, Inc.; Nancy Johnson, executive director of St Elizabeth’s Health Center; Susie Huhn, executive director of Casa de los Ninos; and Wilene Lampert, executive director of Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center.
Goodmans is also sponsoring the program in the Phoenix area and will award a second $20,000 office renovation to the winning Good Guy of that market.
More information about the Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy program is available on the Good Guy Web site, www.GoodmansGoodGuy.com. For more information about the Community Food Bank, visit www.communityfoodbank.com.
Founded in 1954, Phoenix-based Goodmans Interior Structures is a third-generation, family-owned and -operated business. Over the past more than half century, the Goodmans name has become synonymous with quality office furniture, modular systems and customer service. Today, Goodmans ranks among the top three dealers in Herman Miller’s global network of certified dealers and is the only Herman Miller Certified Network dealer in Arizona and New Mexico. Goodmans has showrooms in Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque. For more information on Goodmans Interior Structures, visit www.goodmans.info.