Meet Dan Buron, Goodwill Northern Michigan CEO

The Goodwill Northern Michigan Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Dan Buron to serve as the new Chief Executive Officer for our Goodwill starting July 18, 2016.

Dan brings more than 15 years of leadership experience with Goodwill organizations throughout the United States. This has included time at the national office in the Washington D.C. area and the Hawaii Goodwill, as the Chief Workforce Development Officer for Goodwill in Grand Rapids, and serving most recently as the CEO for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan in Adrian, Michigan.

With success in building innovative community partnerships to meet the challenges of a community; Dan looks forward to serving our northern Michigan communities to provide and strengthen resources to enhance, and expand the Goodwill mission to assist neighbors in need with access to Jobs, Housing and Food.

Dan Buron

“Goodwill Northern Michigan is a well-respected and innovative organization that I am honored to be joining. They are a leader in the community with a strong social enterprise and commitment to their Mission,” said Dan. “I look forward to working with the team to build off these successes and being active in the Northern Michigan area.”

Dan will officially start his new position with Goodwill on July 18, 2016. He has been recognized for his team building skills. “Respect, trust, and open communication are key concepts when it comes to developing a solid team and organization,” he said. He looks forward to taking the time to get to know the entire Goodwill staff.

A huge fan of the Grand Traverse region, Dan is excited to move with his family, including his wife, Christine and their two young daughters, McKeiley and Gabby. “I love spending time with my family,” said Dan. “I look forward to enjoying this beautiful area with them; hiking, swimming, and hopefully getting back out on my kayak!”

Dan will succeed Cecil McNally, who announced his plans to retire last summer. Cecil will retire from his leadership role as CEO after 13 years with Goodwill Northern Michigan. He will stay on with Goodwill through September 2016 to aid in the transition of leadership as we welcome Dan.

“I look forward to Dan joining our Goodwill,” said Cecil. “He will be an outstanding leader for the organization, bringing together our staff, supporters, and the communities we serve.”


During Cecil’s tenure, he expanded the organization’s retail operations in the region from three stores to nine and helped to develop e-commerce and recycling operations. Under his leadership, retail revenue, which funds Goodwill’s mission services, increased more than 336 percent.

He was instrumental in building the new Goodwill Inn emergency shelter for adults and families. During his time with Goodwill, the housing program has served more than 10,000 neighbors in need.

Cecil also helped to establish Patriot Place, a transitional housing community for veterans experiencing homelessness, in Gaylord and most recently led efforts to fund and build Carson Square, a 36-unit, 100% permanent supportive housing community in Garfield Township.

He also had a significant role in developing Food Rescue and adding new food service and job training programs to Goodwill’s community outreach efforts. More than 6 million pounds of nutrient dense food has been diverted from the local landfills and rescued to feed our hungry neighbors in need. Cecil expanded the Goodwill employee base from 96 to more than 295, a 207% increase in regional workforce, directly contributing to our economic impact throughout our 19 county service area.

Cecil McNally

“We are thankful to Cecil for his vision and commitment to enhancing the lives of so many in our communities,” said Greg Payne, Goodwill Northern Michigan Board Chairman. “We’re looking forward to building upon his legacy and continuing our positive trajectory of growth and impact with the selection of Dan Buron to lead and represent our mission services throughout Northern Michigan.”

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