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November 28, 2023

Goodwill Northern New England hires CEO to take over from Cantz

Goodwill Northern New England has appointed Tripp Harrison as president and CEO of the regional nonprofit. 

Harrison will begin his new position on Dec. 1. 

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Richard J. Cantz

He succeeds former president and CEO Richard J. Cantz, who served Goodwill for over 20 years in various roles. Cantz announced in March he would step down from the position. 

Cantz joined Goodwill in 2003 as the director of the Goodwill Fund and served in various roles before being promoted to president and CEO in July 2018, succeeding Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.

“We’re lucky that Tripp deeply understands the mission of Goodwill,” Cantz said in a news release.

“He’s joining at a time when our Goodwill is expanding services and continuing to make huge strides in our sustainability efforts. To have a leader from within the Goodwill movement joining us is exciting and will ease this leadership transition.”

Work history 

Harrison is an experienced senior executive. Since 2021, he served as president and CEO of Goodwill South Mississippi. Before that, he served as a senior vice president at Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the central Savannah River area. Harrison joined Goodwill after a career in culinary and hospitality management.  

During his time working at the Goodwill locations in Georgia and Mississippi, he had full accountability for the donated goods retail enterprise, in addition to disability and workforce programs. 

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Tripp Harrison

He implemented new mission services and community partnerships, and built strategies around operating efficiency, growth in market position and increased employee engagement, according to the news release. He also led the development of successful AI and virtual job skills training programs while fostering relationships with federal, state and local government agencies. 

Harrison received his bachelor's degree in hospitality management and an associate degree in culinary arts and chef training from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. He also has an MBA from Kansas State University. 

“One thing that excited me about joining Goodwill NNE is the strong foundation of community impact the organization has established, with the opportunity to lead this organization to reach even more individuals in need of our services, helping them to ultimately reach personal stability,” said Harrison.

“I will also be working closely with the team to ensure we are a best-in-class employer, and that each employee has the support they need to contribute in a meaningful way,” he continued.

“Together, we’ll ensure we are delivering on our commitment to providing great value and good customer service to our donors and shoppers in our retail stores, excellent service to our business clients, and delivering robust mission programs to the individuals we serve in each of our unique communities.”

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