Goodwill promotes new director of risk management

Bill Thielen to oversee programs and procedures that will impact safety, loss and risk issues

Published Thursday, November 2, 2017

PHOTO ID: Bill Thielen, Goodwill Manasota’s director of Risk ManagementSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has promoted Bill Thielen to director of Risk Management. In this role, he will be responsible for contributing creative new ideas as well as implementing programs and procedures that directly impact all safety, loss and risk issues.

Thielen has been with Goodwill since 2009, starting in its Information Systems department as a support technician. Due to prior work experience in asset protection, he was asked to build Goodwill's Loss Department team in 2011, leading to his promotion to manager of Loss Prevention. In 2016, he was promoted to Safety and Loss Prevention manager, taking on more responsibilities that dealt with safety and risk management. He recently earned the prestigious Loss Prevention Certification, which covers knowledge in the areas of leadership, loss prevention, supply chain security and risk management. 

Previously, Thielen served as an assistant manager for Haggar Clothing Co. in Ellenton, executive team leader – asset protection for a Target store in Bradenton, and senior computer technician with Computer Renaissance in Sarasota.

 "We are thrilled to recognize Bill for his commitment to and leadership of our organization with his new role and responsibilities," said Adrian Gessen, Goodwill Manasota vice president of human resources and risk management. "We are always looking for just the right candidate for each position, and Bill has more than proven himself through the quality of work he has done as well as through earning his certification. I am looking forward to seeing the contributions he will make to our operations in the coming months." 

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PHOTO ID: Bill Thielen, Goodwill Manasota’s director of Risk Management

About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2016, Goodwill Manasota served 28,207 people, placed 755 people in jobs and assisted 240 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 40 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit