James K. Stiff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area. The territory consists of 31 counties in Georgia and four in South Carolina.
Mr. Stiff began his tenure in March 1994 and broadened the service population in 1995 from only people with disabilities to include people with other barriers to employment. The result was Job Connection Centers that offer a variety of services via Goodwill and partner organizations. Under his leadership, Goodwill's operating revenue has increased from $1 million to more than $30 million. During the past five years, our local Goodwill placed 6,082 people into jobs and created more than $166 million in new payroll purchasing power.
Mr. Stiff received the illustrious P.J. Trevethan Award for outstanding contributions to the training and development of Goodwill Industries personnel, as well as The Distinguished Alumni Award from Grand Valley State University and the Matthews Entrepreneurial Award from Goodwill Industries International.
Prior to being recruited to Georgia, Mr. Stiff served at the Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington for seven years.
Mr. Stiff received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Human Services from Grand Valley State University and holds a Masters in Education and Religious Studies from Notre Dame Institute. He has served on many boards, including Goodwill Industries International Board, Goodwill Global Board, Downtown Macon Rotary Club (where he is Past President), the Macon-Bibb County Workforce Investment Board, the Georgia State Workforce Investment Board, Grand Valley State University Alumni Board, and the Knight Foundation Advisory Board.
Between Mr. Stiff and his wife Meredith Bishop Stiff, they have seven children: Sarah, Anna, Rebekah, Philip, Clare, Valerie Rose, and Mary Margaret.