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Goodwill of Central Arizona By Steve Kedzior

Goodwill is an international non-profit organization with a network of thrift stores across North America that garners funds for charitable endeavors. The proceeds from thrift store sales are used to provide job training, job placement, and community-oriented programs to people who face employment challenges. Since 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona has been one of the largest non-profits in the state, managing many Goodwill stores in the Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson, and Yuma business regions.

One example of Goodwill job training is its Computer and Customer Service Training (CCST) program, which trains people in call-center operations, the Microsoft Office software suite, Internet basics, and general customer service management. In 2011, Goodwill Career Centers in Arizona helped 12,481 people find employment and helped over 35,000 Arizonans with other Goodwill services.

Steve Kedzior is a Senior Vice President of IT product sales and service at Paradigm Technology in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he is a board member at Goodwill of Central Arizona. Offering over 25 years of expertise in the information technology (IT) industry, Steve Kedzior is a valuable contributor to Goodwill’s job training and placement programs in Arizona.

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A Brief Introduction to the Goodwill of Central Arizona By Steve Kedzior

As one of Arizona’s largest non-profit organizations, the Goodwill of Central Arizona began serving those in need in 1947. The Goodwill of Central Arizona is more than just a series of retail stores that sell used clothing and household goods, as it also operates an extensive employment program. Dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities or those who find it challenging to enter the workforce, the organization has helped thousands of people gain employment. In 2011 alone, Goodwill of Central Arizona found jobs for nearly 12,500 people and provided critical services to more than 35,000.

Led by a team of talented executives, the Goodwill of Central Arizona also relies upon its board of directors. The organization’s board includes a diverse set of professionals, volunteers, and community leaders who offer guidance and counsel to the non-profit.

About the Author: A member of the Goodwill of Central Arizona’s board, Steve Kedzior also devotes his time to several other humanitarian endeavors. Mr. Kedzior currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Paradigm Technology, an information technology firm headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Steve Kedzior’s community service and leadership

During his 25 years in the information-technology field, Steve Kedzior has been a senior executive at firms ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Steve Kedzior also gives back to his community. He is on the board of Goodwill of Central Arizona, which helps job-seekers gain skills. Kedzior is also very involved in community services with his church Cornerstone Chandler. Steve and his children often participate in the many church missions to serve homeless, elderly, and others in need within the Chandler community as well as across the border in Mexico.

Kedzior’s executive leadership prepared him to be president of Citrus Civitan, a service organization established by business leaders. Its guiding principles are knowledge, friendship, and service.

Steve Kedzior is not only generous with his time and talent; he also offers financial support to a non-profit group that cares for children with special needs or other disadvantages.

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