CEO / Board of Directors

Robert Smith, Palmetto Goodwill President & CEO

Robert Smith has worked at Goodwill for the past 35 years. He started his career as a truck driver picking up donations and worked in numerous positions within Goodwill before becoming CEO in 1998. Smith has overseen the significant growth of Goodwill from a small not-for-profit organization employing 211 people and serving less than 400 people a year into a thriving service provider that employs 1,200 people and serves more than 65,000 people annually.Under Smith’s direction, the organization has seen significant growth and development of its Donated Goods and Commercial Services programs, allowing Goodwill to positively impact the community through its delivery of mission services. Smith, a native Charlestonian is married to Gwen, his wife of 37 years. They have two sons, David 34 and Dana 30 and two grandchildren, ages 9 and 7. He is a graduate of Trident Technical College and Southern Illinois University holding a degree in Workforce Education and Development.


“I can’t describe the feeling of seeing a person succeed because of the resources and support that Goodwill provides. That is something that motivates you each and every day.”
– Robert Smith, Palmetto Goodwill President and CEO

Palmetto Goodwill 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

Sean Sykes, Chair
Lee Deas, Vice Chair
Chris Harvey, Treasurer
Kelley Jarrett, Secretary
Robert Smith, President & CEO


Herbert Drayton, III
Rudy H. Gill
James “Jimmy” Hallett
Jamie Lynch
Nina Magnesson
Greg Mitchell
Dixie Norris
Col. Tom Philipkosky
Allison Pickhardt
Doug Snyder

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