Goodwill employee celebrates 42 years on the job, 75 years of company in Arizona

PHOENIX — As Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona celebrates 75 years in Arizona, longtime employee Wayne Tomlin can’t help but reflect on the changes and progress he’s seen in his 42 years on the job.

Tomlin was just 19 years old when he started out as a 4-wheel cart operator, moving boxes from 16th Street in Phoenix to the original Retail Operation Center (ROC). He was in high school, and a career coach told him he could start in Goodwill’s job apprentice program and earn credits for his diploma.

He thought it was a victory and never thought he would be there even after 42 years! He has held various positions including Baler, Forklift Operator, Donation Sorter, Truck Helper and Salvage Processor.

Watch his story in the video player above.



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