Goodwill's Executive Director Retiring After 30 Years

Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi is searching for a new executive director. After 30 years of service, Leroy Modenbach is stepping down in May. He says it's time to turn over the reins of what he calls "the best place, with the best people in the world."

"Very good boss, very conscientious, cares about the person, very nice," one Goodwill employee said.

"He's been the best CEO Goodwill ever had," another employee said.

Goodwill employees have a lot of good things to say talking about their executive director Leroy Modenbach. Modenbach has seen a lot of growth in his 30 years of service.

"We started off with about 30 people and now we have about 300. And we started with $200,000 and now it's a $7 million [yearly budget]," Modenbach said.

Goodwill may be best known for its clothes recycling and retail store. But Modenbach says there's an even greater purpose for the organization.

"The purpose is giving jobs to people with disabilities."

Goodwill employee Linda Hancock says, "Leroy's a very giving person, very nice, generous, hard worker. He works in the plant with us a lot."

Modenbach has trained thousands of people with disabilities through the years, and not just in clothing distribution.

"We've seen growth also in the variety of operations. We were just a donated goods program, but now we actually teach people to be room attendants and food servers."

Teaching hard workers priceless skills is what Modenbach is most proud of in his three decades of service.

"We're a family and I will miss them, really miss them a lot."