Michael Belt

Vice President of Store Operations

Why Goodwill? Goodwill was an attractive opportunity to me because I was in a point in my career where I wanted to make a difference.  Transitioning from climbing the corporate ladder on my pursuit of the next rung, to one of making a difference, Goodwill was an easy choice.  Bob Buford’s ‘Half Time’ states it best when he describes this transition as: Moving from Success to Significance.  That’s what I want to do, provide significance to others and their pursuit of employment.

 What did you want to be when you were growing up? An Air Force fighter pilot.

What do you want to be now that you are grown up? A wilderness photographer, a global travel guide, a missionary with my wife to someplace where we are led to be.

What does it mean to you to be employed? Being employed has meant different things through my life. As one of six children mostly raised by a single mother, I first valued the independence employment offers.  Later employment became less about me by serving my country in the United States Air Force.  At times, having a job simply allowed me to provide for my family.  After losing a job and then reentering the workforce, employment now provides a sense of worth, confidence, and purpose. I seek to find joy in every situation and be thankful for every blessing.

Anything else about you we should know?  My faith is important to me. So are my wife and two adult daughters.  I am so proud of all three of them.  My primary hobby is ultra-running - distances longer than a marathon. I also enjoy camping and traveling to discover new cultures, local eating spots and meeting new people.


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