President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois to retire

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Sam Schmitz has announced his retirement after nearly ten years in the stateline.

Schmitz says he plans to leave Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Stateline Area inc. when a replacement can be found for him, which is anticipated to happen in the spring of 2018.

Goodwill says since Schmitz has been president, the agency went from $4.4 million in revenues with 250 employees in 2008 to $17 million in revenues with more than 540 employees today.

“I feel good about playing a role in our success. Goodwill has a strong, committed and supportive Board of Directors and a tremendous leadership team. Our employees work hard every day to build revenues in order to help people get to a better place in life through our mission activities. I will certainly miss going to a job day-in-and-day-out, where you know that your work helps people enhance their own lives. However, it is time for new leadership to take the agency to a new level of service to the communities in which we operate," says Schmitz.

Schmitz is on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries International and is the vice-president of Goodwill Industries International Council of Executives.