RICHMOND VINCENT JR.
President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Roanoke
“Being a CEO is attainable,” Vincent says. “You just have to have the confidence of knowing that you can do it.” That can-do attitude has taken Vincent steadily up the ranks at Goodwill Industries International chapters from Arizona to Mississippi to Virginia, where last spring he assumed the stewardship of a Goodwill serving 35 counties and 14 cities from the Shenandoah Valley to Southern and Southwest Virginia. A former bank vice president and business adviser, Vincent is an Arizona State University graduate who has served on multiple boards for the university.
Don’t expect success to come easy, Vincent cautions: “There are times that you may not be invited,” he says. “You’ve got to invite yourself, show up, get mad, demand respect.”
But also, find room for helping others, he says, citing the example of a mentee who ultimately became a Goodwill CEO. “If I can help someone achieve greatness,” Vincent says, “it falls in place for myself.”
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