BRADENTON, FL – During the recent 2018 Goodwill Industries International CEO Recognition Banquet in Orlando, Fla., Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, won the P.J. Trevethan Award. This honor is presented annually to one Goodwill CEO for outstanding contributions to the training of Goodwill personnel. The award is named for P.J. Trevethan, the late CEO of Goodwill Industries International (GII), who established a fund for this purpose at the time of his retirement in 1966.
Rosinsky was honored for his commitment to making training/education an integral component of team member development. He believes every employee at every level should have the opportunity to develop the skills to grow personally and professionally. Last year Goodwill Manasota provided 19,540 of hours of on-the-clock training for its team members in areas including budgeting, conflict resolution, time management, stress and anger management, team building, motivation, leadership, ethics, and self-determination. Rosinsky’s efforts have led to the creation of Goodwill Works, GoodPartner Coach and Goodwill® U programs that focus on providing team members with the tools and resources to be successful at work, to enjoy personal growth, and to achieve their life goals. As he accepted the award, he noted that “this was the only award he wanted to win” during his Goodwill career.
He began his Goodwill career nearly 45 years ago in Milwaukee, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. His graduate work in psychology was conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has previously worked at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) as associate director, and The Zanesville Ohio Welfare Organization, and Goodwill Heart of Florida as president and CEO. He began his service with Goodwill Manasota in 1991, becoming president and CEO on Jan. 1, 2013.
He was a driving force to develop the programs that defined Mission Development Services (MDS) in 1996. MDS is a successful model for helping other Goodwills improve their mission-integrated donated goods enterprise and expand their current territory to create more growth, jobs and margin. MDS includes a donated goods management program, organizational development, a retail management program, core leadership training, advanced leadership training, new store set-up training, strategic real estate research, and more. He has received national and local awards including the Watkins Award for Mission Advancement from Goodwill Industries International, the Archangel Award from Ave Maria Preparatory School (now The McKay Academy), and the Humanitarian of the Year from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
“Team members tell me that they really feel like we’re a family here. They feel valued because we’re willing to spend time with them for their own benefit,” Rosinsky said. “We help to elevate their skills, earning potential and confidence by making that human investment. I feel thankful to have the leadership of a visionary board of directors, the generous support of our community, and a professional team that understands we are changing lives through the power of work.”
Rosinsky has published articles in professional journals and presented papers at national and international conferences. He is an avid scuba diver, hiker, runner, tennis player and fisherman. He lives with his wife, Ruth, in Bradenton.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2017, Goodwill Manasota served 11,672 people, placed 555 people in jobs, assisted 360 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce, and provided 19,540 hours of on-the-clock training for its employees. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 41 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.