Contest for Non-Profit Executive Directors Offers $20,000 Office Renovation as Prize - Goodman's Eye for the Good Guy

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Goodmans Interior Structures has begun Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy program, which will award an office renovation valued at $20,000 to the most dedicated and effective leader of a Maricopa County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nominations will be accepted online through April 4, 2005, at http://www.goodmansgoodguy.com. In May, the public will have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite "Good Guy." The winning "Good Guy," along with his/her office, will be highlighted in a fall issue of The Phoenix Business Journal, the co-sponsor of the program.

Goodmans Interior Structures has begun Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy program, which will award an office renovation valued at $20,000 to the most dedicated and effective leader of a Maricopa County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nominations will be accepted online through April 4, 2005, at http://www.goodmansgoodguy.com. In May, the public will have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite "Good Guy." The results of the public vote will be combined with scores from a panel of local judges to decide the winner. The winning "Good Guy," along with his/her office, will be highlighted in a fall issue of The Phoenix Business Journal, the co-sponsor of the program.

The Goodmans Eye for the "Good Guy" program represents the company's core mission of promoting good design in the business community. A long-time supporter of local charitable organizations, Goodmans has encouraged nonprofits to also embrace quality design in their operations.

"One of the benefits of creating a great work environment is its effect on retaining highly valued workers," says Adam Goodman, president of Goodmans Interior Structures. "This is an opportunity for an organization to reward its leader and also create a unique employment benefit that can help the nonprofit retain that leader."

While furniture and renovations may not be considered a financial necessity, Goodmans hopes this program, along with its partnership with The Business Journal, will encourage more organizations and their boards of directors to realize the benefits of efficient work spaces with this program.

"We understand that nonprofits typically have limited resources and the goal of serving the organization's mission comes first," Goodman adds. "Amenities like office improvements may never find their way into a budget, even if it means contending with inefficient workspace conditions and less than desirable physical arrangements."

Teaming up with The Business Journal, Goodmans Interior Structures has begun an effort to bridge the gap between leaders in the for-profit world and their counterparts among nonprofit organizations.

"Today's successful non-profit organizations must function a lot like for-profit businesses,' says Don Henninger, publisher of The Business Journal. "We always are looking for ways to give them the information and exposure needed to do that."

In many ways, the concepts of openness, teamwork and the freedom to explore new opportunities and ideals have always been more prevalent in the offices of charitable organizations. Yet these workers, filled with such vibrant energy and passion for their mission, are often stuck with second-hand or leftover furniture and configurations.

The man or woman to be named the area's "Good Guy" will be treated to the redesign of his or her office space, to include office furniture and other appropriate interior construction products. To be eligible, the nominee must be an executive director, president of CEO of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Maricopa County. The community is welcomed and encouraged to submit multiple nominations for the same candidate.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and pre-finalists will be selected based on the nominee's application of good business principles, organizational influence on the community/populations served, demonstration of excellence in leadership, and need for a more efficient workspace. Along with nomination forms, complete rules and regulations for the contest are available at the contest's Web site.

Founded in 1954, Phoenix-based Goodmans Interior Structures is a third generation, family-owned and -operated business. Over the past 51 years, the Goodmans name has become synonymous with quality office furniture, modular systems and customer service. Along with rental and leasing plans, Goodmans offers services such as facilities management, design and planning, furniture repair, asset/inventory management, custom furniture, move management, reupholstery, and systems remanufacturing. Today, Goodmans ranks among the top 10 dealers in Herman Miller's global network of certified dealers and is the only Herman Miller Certified Network dealer in Arizona and New Mexico. Goodmans has showrooms in Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque. Goodmans was also named one of Phoenix's top 20 "Best Places to Work" for mid-sized companies by The Business Journal. For more information on Goodmans Interior Structures, visit http://www.goodmans.info.

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