Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM EDT

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The Savannah Golf Club

1661 East President Street

Savannah, GA 31404

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Mike Lynch 
CFO Council of Savannah 

Goodwill Southeast Georgia: How a Social Enterprise creates and funds workforce development and adult education initiatives.

Please join us for the August 2023 breakfast meeting as we welcome Michael Winckler and Bill Kelso of Goodwill Southeast Georgia.

Goodwill is the largest non-medical not-for-profit organization in Southeast Georgia with over 700 associates. They will discuss the role of Goodwill as a social enterprise engaged in workforce development in the region, and discuss Goodwill’s adult education initiative and the Wheaton Street collaboration with other area organizations.



Michael Winckler, President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia, Michael Winckler is responsible for leading a $40+ million social enterprise comprised of retail stores, manufacturing, and business services. He is passionate about their mission of helping people help themselves through the power of work. Goodwill provides vocational training and work experience for individuals with challenges and barriers to sustainable employment.  With more than 700 associates, Goodwill is the region’s largest non-medical not-for-profit.

Before joining Goodwill Southeast Georgia in 2015, he served as Vice President of Workforce Development with Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia. Prior to his tenure with Goodwill he worked in the private, for profit sector where he held executive finance and operations positions in the real estate, manufacturing, and business services sectors.

Michael serves on the City of Savannah-Chatham Reentry Council, is on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America Coastal Georgia Council, the Chamber of Commerce CEO Council, member of the Savannah Rotary Club, and served as Vice Chairman of the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael has been married to his wife Renee for 30 years and they have three sons, Ethan, Brett, and Owen.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, golfing, and boating.

William P. Kelso (Bill), Vice President for Mission Advancement 

Bill Kelso joined Goodwill Southeast Georgia in March of 2021 as Vice President for Mission Advancement. His primary responsibility is developing and driving strategy for the organization's fundraising, MARCOM, and community engagement initiatives, including assisting with state and federal legislative efforts.

Before Goodwill, Bill spent over 34 years in higher education at Armstrong State University, serving as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs from 1996 to 2012. His primary responsibilities included student housing, new student orientation, student leadership programs, student judicial affairs, and program assessment. In 2012, he was appointed Vice President for University Advancement and Marketing, responsible for all fundraising, alumni development, advancement operations, and MARCOM strategies. He also served as Executive Vice President for the Armstrong Foundation.   

During the consolidation process of Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University in 2017, Bill accepted the position of Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Georgia Southern University. He provided strategic leadership for annual giving, major and planned gifts, advancement services and operations, and alumni relations. He retired from the University System of Georgia in August 2020.

Bill's community leadership and volunteer portfolio include three decades of volunteer work with the United Way of the Coastal Empire via allocations/community investment panel work and several annual campaign roles. Bill currently serves on the United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors. Bill also served as Board President for Oglethorpe Charter School in the late 2000s and has worked closely with Leadership Savannah as a board member, facilitating and opening retreats for each new class. 

Kelso earned his B.A. from Armstrong State University and his M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina.


Attendance guidelines:

Senior Financial Executives (SFE's): Up to 2 per company per meeting. SFE’s are company management personnel who are responsible, directly or indirectly, for the financial management and financial well being of an organization. SFE’s may include but are not limited to: CFO’s, Controllers, Vice President-Finance, Treasurer, President, CEO, Business Owners. etc.

Resource Company Representatives (RC): Up to 1 per company per meeting. Resource companies are defined as companies that provide services and expertise that may be of value to SFE’s. Representatives of resource companies are people who are not involved in the financial management or decision making of the Company. Resource companies may include but are not limited to banks, insurance providers, lawyers, investment advisers, public accountants, colleges, staffing/recruiting, payroll providers, consultants, bookkeepers, etc.

If you are new to the CFO Council or have not attended a meeting in the last eighteen months, we encourage you to attend the November meeting free of charge. The CFO Council is a great way to network with fellow finance professionals while enjoying a wonderful breakfast at the Savannah Golf Club. A single meeting cost is $35.00 and annual dues are $185.00 for 2023 and can be paid on the Council's website at www.cfocouncil.com.

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Thank you for your attention and response and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 23rd.

Mike Lynch

CFO Council of Savannah


(912) 800-3964