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President and Chief Executive Off...

Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries
Land
1220 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
United States

Company Description: Land of Lincoln Goodwill
Background

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Land
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Lincoln Goodwill Industries
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Goodwill Industries
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Goodwill Industries
  • Executive Director
    Goodwill Industries
  • Metropolitan Planning Manager
    Illinois Department of Transportation Public & Legislative Affairs
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industriex
  • President
    Springfield Goodwill
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Springfield Goodwill
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Sharon Durbin, executive ...
www.sj-r.com, 11 Sept 2009 [cached]
Sharon Durbin, executive director of Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, agreed with Lawrence Thursday that more trains on 10th Street aren't a good idea. While Goodwill is seeking a buyer for its building at 815 N. 11th Street, Durbin said, more trains don't belong in the neighborhood, even if her organization leaves.
"We have lots of homeless individuals on this side of town who may or may not be aware of their surroundings and walk in front of a train," Durbin said.
Sharon Durbin, president and ...
www.illinoistimes.com, 9 Aug 2012 [cached]
Sharon Durbin, president and CEO of Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, has nearly tripled revenue at the Springfield-based charity despite never having run a business before she was hired in 2006. - PHOTOˆBYˆPATRICK YEAGLE
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"It's a good fit for our mission," said Sharon Durbin, president and chief executive officer of the Springfield-based charity, which already had more than 100 retail stores.
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"We're moving upward, and that's what counts," Durbin says.
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"The more you do, the more people you have to hire," Durbin says.
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In many cases, the biggest challenge is getting people who have never held a job to believe in themselves, Durbin said.
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"There are people who walk through our doors, no matter how much you want to help them, you can never help them because they're always wanting to manipulate the system," Durbin says.
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If Durbin and her top managers have a favorite word, it is "mission.
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"I hate them being out there," Durbin says.
The agency, which provides transportation to and from the 10th Street workshop, recently replaced 15-passenger vans with airport-style shuttle vans better able to accommodate wheelchairs. While Durbin wants a new work space, acquiring a building that can accommodate the needs of disabled workers, including all aspects of the Americans With Disabilities Act, is neither easy nor inexpensive. She is hoping that the 10th Street building, which has been on the market for several years, will be purchased by the government as part of a rail consolidation plan aimed at moving downtown railroad tracks to the Norfolk Southern corridor.
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The problem with government money, Durbin says, is the strings.
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"It's just not realistic - you get a bunch of teenagers together, they have to eat," Durbin says.
It is not, quite literally, a free lunch. The charity recently received a donation of basketball shoes for the youth program's traveling hoops team, but team members, who travel as far as Kentucky to play, had to wash the charity's trucks and detail the interiors before receiving their shoes.
The business When Durbin arrived, Goodwill was operating on annual revenue of about $6 million.
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Durbin may actually be selling herself short, according to Michael Miller, CEO and executive director of the Portland Goodwill, which topped $122 million in revenue last year and is considered a national model.
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"If she (Durbin) can achieve $30 in per-capita sales, she would be at $40 million in retail program revenue. Even if she only gets to $20, that would put her at $27 million."
Durbin, who was an Illinois Department of Transportation bureaucrat with the title of metropolitan planning manager, had never hired anyone before she got the top post at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, which serves 37 counties stretching from Quincy to the Indiana border.
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The interest rate, Durbin says, was too good to pass up, and she didn't go shopping for a loan.
"They called us," Durbin says.
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"Sharon came in and, frankly, was more impressive than any of the other people who had been with Goodwills before," Appleton said.
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(Mandob1) The first two paragraphs are obviously a joke referring to the future, note August 2020, so they don't own the hotel or have a penthouse office. (Barneyfife) when Sharon Durbin took over the only had 25 employees on the payroll becasue the previous CEO utilized temporary employement services.
In The News | Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, Inc.
www.llgi.org, 8 June 2009 [cached]
You think about that it could be really easy to say I already gave 6, but that really says a lot about her integrity," said Goodwill CEO Sharon Durbin.
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The emphasis remains on storefront retail outlets, said Sharon Durbin, president and CEO of Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. But she said the organization found certain items bring more in an online auction than on the shelf.
"We had one item, a diamond bracelet, that one of the managers thought at first might be worth $3.50, but she decided to take a chance and have it evaluated. They found out it was a real diamond. We put it on our online site, and it brought $1,601. It comes right back to our mission dollars," Durbin said.
She also relates the story of a California Goodwill that sold a painting online for $15,000.
The site works very much like eBay with minimum starting bids, number of bids and the auction end-time. Categories range from musical instruments to religious merchandise and dolls to sporting goods.
"Anytime we have an item we think might bring more on a bidding process, we put it up," Durbin said.
She added that the group is trying to raise additional funds to aid expansion of the Land of Lincoln worker-training program to include anyone who has lost their job, as well as people just released from prison.
Previously, the program had been limited to people with disabilities.
"We've seen more demand in the last six or seven months, and now we have this new area opened up," Durbin said.
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By the way, Durbin said no one has yet proved ownership of thousands of dollars in cash found in a donated item in February.
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I'm looking for specifics," Durbin said.
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Goebel and Huneke took the money to Sharon Durbin, president of the Springfield Goodwill, where the money was counted and secured.
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Durbin contacted Goodwill International about the cash, seeking guidance on how to handle it. Now, it's up to the owner to claim it. Whoever lost it has 90 days to prove it is theirs or it becomes Goodwill's money.
"There was no paper or any other identification in the donation that would help us find the person," Durbin says.
Whoever lost the money should contact Durbin at 789-0400. She is going to ask the Springfield police for help handling the claims.
In order to claim the money, the owner will have to be able to say how much there is, what denominations it is in and in what kind of donation it was found.
Durbin says Goodwill officials are sure the donation came from Springfield, and she is almost certain she knows what part of town the donation came from.
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"I can't imagine waking up and finding it was gone," says Durbin.
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"We're testing it here, and if it works well here, we'll take it to other Goodwill stores," Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries chief executive Sharon Durbin said Friday as employees prepared for today's grand opening.
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Durbin said that program, too, would be expanded to other Goodwill stores nationwide if it works out in Springfield.
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Durbin said she would like to bring some of those programs to the central Illinois stores, but the immediate goal is to get the new location on Wabash Avenue up and running, including relocation of the Springfield administrative office.
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I have a lot of plans once we get these other facilities ready," Durbin said.
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The renovation price tag has jumped to nearly $1 million, thanks to building codes that require upgrades of the fire alarm and sprinkler systems, Durbin said. Goodwill is hoping that donations and the proceeds from selling its building at 800 N. 10th St. will pay the added costs, Durbin said.
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Durbin said Goodwill is talking with two prospective buyers.
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Testing will be required to determine whether more money will need to be spent to clean up soil, Durbin said. The building once housed a shoe factory, she said, and chemicals from tanning leather might be present.
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Durbin said consolidation will improve Goodwill's financial bottom line and allow the charity to better serve the disadvantaged.
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"When I first walked in a year ago, it was very apparent to me we'd over-saturated our services as far as thrift stores in the Springfield area," Durbin said. "It's not about more and more buildings and more and more stores.
But Durbin said donors need to ...
www.sj-r.com, 5 May 2008 [cached]
But Durbin said donors need to know how money is divided if Hupp and the APL proceed with an alliance."If 75, 80, 90 percent is actually going back to help the mission of APL, I think that's awesome," Durbin said.
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Sharon Durbin, Goodwill executive director, said fewer than half the donations left in drop boxes could be sold.
And I'm not going to give ...
www.wics.com, 10 Feb 2009 [cached]
And I'm not going to give that amount out" says Springfield Goodwill CEO Sharon Durbin. Durbin will not release details on the type of clothing involved. But she adds, they'll hold on to the cash for 90 days.
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