Success Story: Meet Tony
Lawrenceville native Tony Ekeweme is a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. An industrious young man, he worked at Georgia State during college and when he completed his degree, he secured a production management position at Ricoh Electronics.
Tony’s experience next led him to Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he handled inventory. During this time, he concluded that his interest in business operations called for more in-depth knowledge. His extensive online search for a suitable training program uncovered Goodwill’s Supply Chain Logistics program.
Tony reached out to Goodwill’s Athens Career Center in late October 2020 and was able to enroll in the virtual training program thanks to funding provided by the DOL-WORC grant. Goodwill Case Manager Steve Hadaway was impressed with Tony’s discipline and motivation. “Virtual learning can be challenging. Tony was a model student. It was clear from the start that he had a goal in mind and was determined to achieve it in a timely way.”
For his part, Tony enjoyed the program’s flexibility and appreciated the credibility associated with the Supply Chain Logistics certificate he received from Georgia Tech, calling it “solid gold in the employment world.” Upon graduation in late December 2020, Tony was promoted to inventory analyst.
Tony shared that the promotion wasn’t a surprise, but he was shocked at how quickly he found an even better job at GlobalMed Logistix, where he also served as an inventory analyst. By September 2021, Tony had taken another step on his career path, joining the team at Google as a data analytics apprentice. His long-term goal is to grow his career within the operations/supply chain sector. Along the way, Tony plans to earn an MBA and a PMP, which will allow him to manage the companies of the future.