Goodwill of Southern Nevada CEO stepping down

Updated May 31, 2017 - 2:23 pm

After about 20 years with Goodwill of Southern Nevada, CEO Steve Chartrand has left the nonprofit.

Chartrand confirmed the news in a phone call Wednesday but declined to talk about the circumstances of his departure.

“I really can’t comment on that right now,” he said.

Chartrand’s last day was Friday. The board of directors appointed member John Helderman interim CEO, according to an email sent to Goodwill of Southern Nevada employees. The email was signed by chief culture and mission officer Terri Conway and chief operating officer Alyn Reeves.

Helderman has worked as vice president of finance for Caesars Entertainment. Before that, he worked for accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG. Goodwill has over 20 retail stores in Southern Nevada. The board will search nationwide for a permanent CEO, according to the email.

“Because of the success our Goodwill has experienced to date, the strength of the Goodwill brand, and all of the things we love about living in Southern Nevada, we expect the opening to be highly sought after,” the email said. “In the meantime, our approach should be business as usual.”

Chartrand joined the local branch of Goodwill in July 1996. Before that, he served as vice president of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, according to the nonprofit’s website.

According to Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s most recent annual report to the IRS, Chartrand worked 40 hours a week on average for about $300,000 in total compensation.

His base pay was $248,000 with a bonus of $41,000 for meeting key mission and retail strategy goals, according to the report.

The nonprofit is known for selling used goods and offering programs to help with job training. The Southern Nevada branch employs about 1,000 people and has been on a growth spree, opening new locations.

Recent plans include a Career Connections center at Boulevard Mall, new store at 4605 Blue Diamond Road, near the intersection with Cameron Street, and remodeled store at Eastern Avenue and the 215 Beltway.

Contact Wade Tyler Millward at or 702-383-4602. Follow @wademillward on Twitter.

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