McGuire & Goodmons on Metro Magazine‘s First Who’s Who
Metro Magazine published its first Who’s Who list in its January 2003 issue. Three CBC’ers made the list, including President & CEO Jim Goodmon and his wife, Barbara, and AJ Fletcher Foundation Executive Director Tom McGuire. The list sought to recognize “a top 20 list of individuals who made the most difference in our lives.”
Selected in Metro Magazine‘s Who’s Who of 2002, McGuire and his charge, the AJ Fletcher Foundation, were “admired for their up-close and hands-on involvement in the Triangle and the state.” The write-up mentioned McGuire’s hand in fueling the remodeling and expansion of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Complex and having the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater completed and named for the Foundation’s benefactor.
Metro Magazine also recognized McGuire for his work in merging the National Opera Company with the NC School of the Arts to form the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. He told Metro, “I believe the institute will become one of the state’s most important cultural resources and an educational center for the entire county.” He told Metro he considers it his proudest achievement.
Finally, McGuire told Metro, “Success is not a final destination. It is following the right path on a long and challenging journey. Every day gives you the chance to learn something new. Always take advantage of that chance.”
Both Goodmons were recognized for their extraordinary volunteer work in the Triangle and were dubbed “a public service power couple.” The feature on the Goodmons mentioned their “strong stand during the last election campaign in favor of raising taxes to avoid cuts in human services.” The article listed many of the countless awards the Goodmons have each won for commitment to the community.
Barbara Goodmon received notice for helping create the Healing Place in Wake County, her proudest public service accomplishment, and iterated her goal to build a Healing Place for women and children and “to find an effective vehicle to raise awareness of all citizens about the needs of high risk populations.”
Jim Goodmon was hailed for his “commitment to the recruitment and hiring of minorities” and his work to launch Smart Start with former NC Governor Jim Hunt. Goodmon told Metro Magazine that Smart Start is one of his proudest achievements, along with the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.
Metro Magazine covers the Raleigh/Research Triangle area and Eastern North Carolina. The magazine launched in 1999, with Bernie Reeves as Editor and Publisher. Reeves formerly founded Spectator Magazine and the Triangle Business Journal.