For Immediate Release
March 26, 2018

Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

 (Omaha, NE) On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Michael J. Friend will join Goodwill in Omaha as the Development Director.

Mike Friend was born in Omaha, attended and graduated from Millard (South) Senior High School in 1980. He then attended Kearney State College from 1980 to 1982 and Creighton University until 1985. He graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Friend worked as a journalist with the Nebraska City News-Press and the Grand Island Independent, and was a writer with Smart Computing Magazine in Lincoln.

He later transitioned into technical writing and business writing, spending over a decade with First National Bank of Omaha. He further transitioned into Business Development and Fundraising and Development with entities such as the State of Nebraska, American’s for Prosperity (a Washington D.C.-based 501 C3), and First National Technology Solutions (An IT Infrastructure-As-A-Service Company owned by First National Bank).

Most recently, Friend has been in charge of Business Development for Nebraska Data Centers, LLC, a Data Center company providing data center space, power and connectivity to enterprise class customers.

In 2002, Friend was elected to represent the 10th Legislative District in the Nebraska Legislature. He was re-elected in 2006 with over 76% of the vote. He sat on the General Affairs, Revenue, and Legislative Performance Audit Committees, and chaired the Urban Affairs Committee.

In 2006, Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill sponsored by Friend that restricts picketing and protesting at funerals. The law was designed to prohibit picketing a funeral within 300 feet of a cemetery, mortuary or church between one hour before and two hours following an event. The impetus for the legislation was a group of protesters who made a habit of picketing military funerals, as a form of protest against the United States.

“Mike Friend is a former state senator who is well known in the community.  Mike’s enthusiasm and leadership, and his passion for Goodwill’s mission makes him a great fit as Goodwill’s Director of Development,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, Goodwill President and CEO.

Friend’s wife Jacqueline (Jackie) is a former licensed real estate agent, and a customer service supervisor. He and Jackie raised four children: Megan (25), Andrew (22), Elizabeth (20), and Caroline (17).

He has been involved in development for a significant part of his professional life. He sat on committees such as the Omaha Summer Arts Festival (2005-2006), The Greater Omaha YMCA’s Youth Advisory Council (2006-2007), and was President of the Burke High School Gridiron Club (2009 – 2011).

Friend enjoys all sports and has coached youth football, baseball and soccer.

For Information Contact:

Ann Woodford

Marketing Manager

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Phone: 402-231-1919

[email protected]

 

 

 

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