Rick Neal is the chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada Inc. (Goodwill), as of June 2019. Goodwill is an innovative and sustainable social enterprise offering training services and job placement at Goodwill Thrift Stores and other local employers in Southern Nevada. Goodwill operates two Career Centers and offers a Mobile Career Coach with community-based programs funded through the support of philanthropic giving, government grants, and by selling donated clothing and household items in 17 stores collectively.
Neal was previously with the Clark County School District, where he held the roles of chief operating officer and chief of staff and external relations beginning in June 2015. In this capacity, Neal served on the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group, The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Multicultural Advisory Committee, and as vice chairman of the Nevada Intrastate Mutual Aid Committee.
Prior to joining the Clark County School District, Neal served in the United States Air Force for 25 years as a security forces officer, his career culminating as commander of the 799th Air Base Group at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. Throughout his career, Colonel Neal served in various security forces roles at the squadron, group wing, and major command level.
Colonel Neal entered the Air Force in 1990 as a distinguished graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He is a graduate of the Air Force Security Officers Course, Air Base Ground Defense and Emergency Services Team courses as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (FBINA). Neal earned a master’s degree in social psychology from Bellevue University in Nebraska, a master’s degree in military operational art and science from Air Command Staff College in Alabama, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Rick Neal lives in Las Vegas; he is married to Adrienne and they have six children. His hobbies include fitness and martial arts.
Having spent 20 years helping to build Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona into a major success, John Stoddard brings his knowledge, best practice strategies, and strengths to Goodwill of Southern Nevada.
When John accepted his first role at Goodwill Central and Northern Arizona (GWAZ) as a store manager, he anticipated it would be a stepping stone job. Thankfully, for Goodwill the job was a stepping stone to bigger and better things within Goodwill. John’s innovative strategic mind led him down a 20 year path as a District Director, Senior District Director, and Vice President of Retail Operations. Over John’s 20 years, GWAZ’s revenue increased nearly 90 percent on average and climbed from the 154th ranked Goodwill to the third ranked Goodwill nationally. As Vice President of Retail Operation John oversaw all aspects of GWAZ’s 70 plus retail stores, operations, real estate sites, partner with Marketing, Information Technology, and Mission. John attributes his success at GWAZ to his ability to build a strong team to help drive efficiency, develop standards, hold people accountable while learning from their mistakes, and his desire to never stop innovating and optimizing the business.
John left GWAZ in 2017 to accept a role as Vice President of Retail Operations with Goodwill of Southern New England in New Haven Connecticut. With a strong desire to return to the West Coast to be close to his family, John made the decision to Join Goodwill of Southern Nevada. At Goodwill of Southern Nevada, John will oversee all facets of the donated goods retail business. John is driven to succeed because he understands that Goodwill’s ability to help more people get good local jobs is directly correlates to the strength of Goodwill’s donated goods business.”
When John is not working he enjoys spending time with his six boys and his English Bulldog. John enjoys playing guitar and has moonlighted as a wedding singer which is a skill that could keep him very busy living in Las Vegas.