14 to Watch in 2014: Bill Goggin

January 5, 2014 

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Bill Goggin

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  • Bill Goggin
    Age: 49
    City of residence: Bonaire
    Occupation: Manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore
    Hobbies: Teaching golf, raising his children
    Favorite thing about Houston County: The diverse group of people who bring new skills and ideas to the area

In September, Bill Goggin made a big career change when he went from being general manager of the Landings Golf Club to Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore manager.

He made the switch after meeting Tom Prior, Habitat’s executive director. While Goggin said he enjoyed his job at the Landings, it took up a lot of time, and working with Habitat allows him to spend more time with his family.

The ReStore sells donated building materials, furniture, appliances and other items. Profits from the ReStore go back to Habitat.

“I love the work,” Goggin said. “I love the fact that we’re an asset to the community.”

Goggin is a good leader who is skilled at working with volunteers and raising donations. There has been a significant increase in revenue at the ReStore since Goggin took over, Prior said.

“Plentiful donations drive successful sales, and Bill is rapidly growing inventory,” Prior wrote in his nomination of Goggin. “He solves homeowners’ and business leaders’ problems by seeking their unwanted items. ... Bill’s innovative ideas to divert these items from the landfill and turn them into cash to build homes, communities and hope make him a rapidly rising star in his new career.”

Goggin has lived in Houston County for 17 years. He originally grew up in Colorado and attended Heritage High School in Conyers. He was working in the golf business when he married Marie Boschelli from Warner Robins. Despite the job change, Goggin still teaches golf at the club’s Learning Center.

Goggin’s plans for 2014 include looking for a better location for the ReStore, increasing sales, continuing to teach at the Landings and raising his three kids.

-- Josh Glasscock

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Rorie Bradley, 30, Warner Robins, athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Carmen Foskey, 17, Warner Robins, student at Warner Robins High School

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Sonya P. Jenkins, 44, Warner Robins, CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company

Kelly Miller, 31, Centerville, family nurse practitioner

Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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