Robert Smith
President & CEO

Robert Smith has worked at Goodwill for the past 38 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 15,000 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 38 years. They have two sons, David and Dana, and two grandchildren. 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

Board of Directors 2019 – 2020

Lee Deas, Board Chair
Chris Harvey, Vice Chair
Kelley Jarrett, Treasurer
Herbert Drayton III, Secretary
Sean Sykes, Past Chair
Robert Smith, President & CEO


Rudy H. Gill
Jamie Lynch
Nina Magnesson
Greg Mitchell
Dixie Norris
Col. Tom Philipkosky
Rob Phillips
Allison Pickhardt
Doug Snyder

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