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President & CEO of Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
to Present Keynote Address at APH Annual Meeting

142nd Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, October 14-16, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky., October 6, 2010 – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will hold its 142nd meeting of Ex Officio Trustees at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky, October 14-16, 2010. Mr. Jim Gibbons, President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., will present the keynote speech on Thursday, October 14 at 6:00pm. Mr. Gibbons is a preeminent leader in the field of blindness and visual impairment, and is the first blind person to graduate with a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard School of Business Administration.

APH is honored to have Mr. Gibbons share the story of his success during his "Crossroads of Opportunity" keynote address at this year’s meeting. An expert at social enterprise management, socioeconomic program strategy and leadership skills development, Gibbons is a veteran speaker, guest lecturer and information resource for educators, advocates and journalists. He has been featured in more than 100 national and regional media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, CNN and ABC News.

Approximately 400 people from across the country are expected to attend APH’s Annual Meeting at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville. For more information, visit

About Mr. Gibbons:

Jim Gibbons is President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, a network of independent, community-based agencies in the United States, Canada and 14 other countries. Founded in Boston in 1902, Goodwill Industries first put people to work by hiring them to repair and sell donated goods. Today, Goodwill trains people for careers in fields such as financial services, computer programming and healthcare. The organization does that by selling donated goods in retail stores, and online at shopgood, and using the proceeds to fund job training and other support programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year. Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by working with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services such as janitorial work, packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. The organization earns 98 percent of its revenues through its various business lines, and channels 83 percent of its revenues directly into services.

Before coming to Goodwill in April 2008, Gibbons served as president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with more than 88 associated agencies around the country to enhance economic opportunities and professional development for people who are blind. Through comprehensive marketing and branding strategies and an emphasis on aggressive mission measures, Gibbons transformed the nearly 70 year-old NIB into a results-oriented social enterprise for the 21st century.

Prior to NIB, Gibbons was president and CEO of Campus Wide Access Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. An employee of AT&T for over a decade, Gibbons held leadership positions in operations, product management, and mergers and acquisition.

Gibbons earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a master’s in business administration. He has served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee; as a board member of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB); President of the World Blind Union (WBU) North American/Caribbean Region; member of the Executive Committee, WBU; Chairman of the Employment Committee, WBU; and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).


In 1879, the U. S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act set up a system to provide free schoolbooks and other materials for blind students and named the American Printing House for the Blind as the national central source of these educational materials. The system through which these specialized materials are distributed is known as the Federal Quota Program. American Printing House for the Blind’s Ex Officio Trustees are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this program in the various states and regions they represent. The Ex Officio Trustees come to Louisville each year for the Annual Meeting to provide insight and exchange information about developments in the field of blindness. "Special guests" such as parents, teachers, and administrators and other educators involved with the field of blindness also attend this meeting.


The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible website ( features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S. APH products can be ordered through Louis.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to