“I’m not just selling goods. I’m selling goods with a purpose.”
In 1997, Rik was on his way to earning a bachelor’s degree when his father became ill. With 39 credit hours to complete, he stopped attending college to take care of the family business. After years of working in retail, Rik decided he was ready for a change. “I had been a manager at other places, but I never had the chance to help others,” he explained. “I had the desire to do something more.”
Rik joined Goodwill Industries of Kentucky as an assistant manager in 2009, and after two years, he was promoted to floating manager for the Lexington area stores. “Because of the mission, I know I’m making a difference,” Rik said. “I’m not just selling goods. I’m selling goods with a purpose.”
Regional Donated Goods Manager Debbie Howard said, “Rik is a team player and is always willing to share his knowledge. He is an excellent trainer, and a great employee to have on the team.”
In 2013, after a 16-year gap in education, Rik decided it was finally time to complete his degree. Utilizing Goodwill’s tuition reimbursement program, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Kentucky University.
Currently, Rik is working on his master’s degree and is expected to graduate in 2016. Since returning to school, Rik has been named to the president’s academic achievement list every semester, was voted president of the History Club, and was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta , the National History Honor Society, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“Goodwill has given me a sense of accomplishment,” Rik said. “The support from upper management has been tremendous. Without Goodwill, I probably wouldn’t have completed my degree.”