Soles4Souls Forges Ahead After Elsey Departure

Soles4Souls is beginning a new chapter this week following the departure of founder and CEO Wayne Elsey.

“It’s full steam ahead,” said Kevin Goughary, Soles4Souls COO and CFO, who will serve as interim CEO while the charity searches for a new head, with the help of the Center for Non-Profit Management.  “But as I told our staff last week, none of us would be here without Wayne’s vision.”

Goughary did not rule out the possibility that he might be considered for the full-time head job. “I’ve been here for quite a while, and I’m going to leave that up to the board,” he said.

In the meantime, the executive said the group has several key initiatives in the works for this year, including the expansion of the Travel4Souls program, the official launch of Soles4Souls in Canada and the upcoming “One Walk,” an event on June 2 that encourages people around the world to walk to raise awareness for children in need.

“We [are working] to increase our influence,” said Goughary.

For his part, Elsey — who founded Soles4Souls six years ago — said he is working on a new venture centered around his philosophy of “believe, brand and engage.”

“I’ve done a lot of speaking engagements and seminars and one-on-one [consultations with people],” said Elsey, who has relocated from Tennessee to Florida. “There are so many compelling stories out there. I really feel I can do more [to help people].”

The executive, who wrote the book “Almost Isn’t Good Enough,” will officially launch his new venture in the fall.

“My business plan is still being crafted, but I’ve already gotten great feedback from a lot of people,” Elsey said, adding that he is leaving Soles4Souls at a time when the organization has never been stronger.

“My executive team is world class, and I’m passing the baton on to people who get it,” Elsey said, adding that the group just concluded the third quarter of its fiscal year.  “I’m still going to be accessible during the next few months.”

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