Barnes Named VP of Retail

Goodwill Industries of Akron
570 E. Waterloo Road  •  Akron, OH 44319  •
Phone: (330) 724-6995  •  (800) 989-8428  •  Fax: (330) 786-2504



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 AKRON, Ohio—May  29, 2012— Bringing over 13 years of sales, operations, service and distribution management and leadership experience, Pedro Barnes will begin his new role as the Vice President of Retail Operations for Goodwill Industries of Akron (GIA) effective June 4, 2012. Currently the Vice President of Contract Services & Logistics for the agency, Barnes will soon assume his new leadership position where he will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of GIA’s Retail Operations Division, including donor cultivation; collections, processing and sales of donated and purchased goods; public outreach and customer cultivation; mission and participant support; and employee recruitment, training, and development.

 In announcing Barnes as the selection, Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, President & CEO, stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have Pedro as part of our executive team. He has a strong track record with Goodwill, and we’re looking forward to continued success in the Retail Division.”

 Barnes will transition from his most recent role as Vice President of Contract Services & Logistics, where he has served on the agency’s Executive Team for the past three and one half years, shepherding the Contracts Services’ recovery from the recent economic downturn, maintaining Contracts’ ISO 9001:2008 certification, and coordinating logistics for the agency’s Contracts Services and Retail Operations Divisions.  Before joining GIA, he worked with a variety of organizations, including Restaurant Technologies, Inc., Sears Home Central, Circuit City and Best Buy. He is also a Navy veteran last holding the rank of Lt. JG.

 Barnes, an Eagle Scout, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Cleveland Campus, and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. He is a graduate of Leadership Medina County and the current President of the Brunswick Rotary.

GIA is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find, and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland, the Akron-based agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International, and a United Way agency in Summit and Medina Counties. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and industrial services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.      ###