Goodwill Central Texas has been serving the Central Texas community for 60 years and has experienced phenomenal growth over the last two decades in no small measure thanks to the innovative leadership of CEO Jerry Davis, who just this week announced his intent to move forward in the next chapter of his career. Mr. Davis ably led GCT for almost 21 years and in 2012, won Goodwill International’s highest honor, the King Award, for outstanding service and achievement. He was named CEO of the year in 2016 by the Austin Business Journal.
Gerald Davis became President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas in 1998. His career began as an occupational therapist at St. Charles Hospital, in Toledo, Ohio. Over the next twelve years, he served as Vice President, Assistant Professor, Accreditation Surveyor and Consultant in several medical centers. Davis began his career with Goodwill in 1993 as the President in Sandusky, Ohio. He has served as the chair of Goodwill Industries International’s Board of Directors, chaired the GII Conference of Executives, and served/chaired numerous national committees. Currently, Davis is a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Community Advancement Network, Vistage Group 3722, and Young Chamber of Commerce Advisors, and is the President of Workability International. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, CEO of the Year, and Ethics in Business Individual of the Year locally, and has won four national GII awards. Davis is married to Theresa (Lommerse) Davis and has two adult sons.
Commenting on Mr. Davis’ departure, Board Chair Jamie Lagarde said, “Jerry Davis has continually brought incredible passion, energy, and generative thinking that has grown Goodwill Central Texas into one of largest, most innovative, and most respected non-profits in Texas. The Goodwill Central Texas family will greatly miss Jerry’s leadership and dedication to our community and we wish him the very best.”
Mr. Davis added, “It has been an incredible honor to serve as the CEO of Goodwill Central Texas for over 20 years. I’m excited for the future and I’m very much looking forward to using my skills in a broader scope, including building on my lifetime passion for leadership and serving people with disabilities or who are marginalized in different ways. I’m so proud that I’ve led this organization, now over 1,600 strong, with a devotion to assisting those who have obstacles to employment. I leave my tenure here knowing that our accomplishments were always a team effort, bolstered by dedicated staff and volunteers who believe in our mission.”