Press Release – Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

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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Press Release – Goodwill Industries Names CEO


October 2, 2017

Goodwill Industries Names CEO

 (Omaha, NEB)  Dr. Mike McGinnis, has been tapped to be the chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries which serves Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa according to Erin Limas, chair of the search committee.  The announcement culminates a four month search process conducted by the independent firm of Wheless Partners and a search committee comprised of community members; Doug Wilwerding, Jay Dunlap, and Shonna Dorsey as well as board members Bob Bertsch, and Scott Semrad.

We were so fortunate to have substantial applications from both local candidates and candidates around the country,” Limas said. “It was a very difficult decision, but one that the committee has made with confidence for the future of Goodwill in the areas we serve.”

For the past 11 months, Pauli Bishop, a ten year veteran with Goodwill stepped in as the interim CEO in October of 2016. “Pauli has done a remarkable job of rebuilding employee trust and managing a multitude of situations following the departure of the long-time executive,” said Mark Stokes the board chairman.  “We cannot thank her enough for all she has done over these months, we truly are grateful.”

McGinnis, who has extensive executive level experience in non-profit and military organizations will take the reins on October 16, 2017.

Dr. McGinnis will come to Goodwill from the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska where he served as executive director since January 2014.  He is the former executive director of Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, and previous to that was a professor at Old Dominion University, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. McGinnis has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  His undergraduate degree is from United States Military Academy at West Point.



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