Willie K. Goode is the President and CEO of the Goode Companies, Inc., one of the largest privately held waste management and transportation companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Goode Companies is celebrating its 30th year in business this year, a milestone reached and a dream realized. Mr. Goode is a native Washingtonian, and proud graduate of Ballou High School in Southeast, Washington, DC. His strong work ethic was shaped as a teen working with his Father and Uncles in their small trash business, collecting trash six days a week as a helper on the back of a trash truck. This experience was the start of Mr. Goode’s love for trucks and his first glimpse of the potential for success in the trash industry. Upon graduation, Mr. Goode earned his Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and started driving for two independent trucking companies.
In 1991, Mr. Goode’s employer sold his company to Waste Management, Inc., consequently Willie faced a fork in the road; work for Waste Management or lease a truck and start your own business. With one truck, a belief in self, a spirit of entrepreneurship, and a vision of three trucks someday, Goode Trash, Inc. (now Goode Companies, Inc.) was established. With Mr. Goode at the helm, the Goode Companies has grown to six locations across Maryland, a headquarters in Greenbelt, a full service customer care center in Waldorf, and four operational facilities in Hughesville, Laurel, Temple Hills, and Baltimore. In 2019 Goode Companies, Inc. (GCI) opened its first out of state location in West Palm Beach, Florida. The company has over 200 trucks serving 120,000 residents and 11,000 commercial customer stops supported by 350 employees. Goode Companies has County Government contracts with Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, Howard, The City of Gaithersburg, The City of Baltimore and Solid Waste Authorities (SWA) of Palm Beach. Flagship commercial customers include the Nationals Stadium, the Baltimore Washington International Airport, Maryland Stadiums, MGM National Harbor and Six Flags America.
Goode Companies is a certified minority business in the City of Baltimore, Prince George’s County and other jurisdictions through the Capitol Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC). The Goode Companies is a Mentor in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8a Mentor Protégé Program. Mr. Goode has also developed six other waste related small businesses to millions in sales, consistent with his philosophy and commitment to develop other minority businesses and support diversity and inclusion in the workforce. The Goode Companies has maintained a Second Chance Employment Program since its inception. As a result, returning citizens have gained tenured career opportunities through employee service to the company while positively impacting our communities.
Mr. Goode, also has partnered with Unity Disposal and Recycling, LLC (UDR) in 1996 and WB Waste, LLC., in 2019.UDR is one of Montgomery County, Maryland largest solid waste collectors. As for WB Waste, LLC., it is also one of the largest collectors in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) region, which also includes Richmond and Norfolk, VA. WB Waste also operates multiple landfills, transfer stations and recycling MRFs.
Mr. Goode is a recognized leader in the waste industry, an avid reader, Father to five children and holds memberships in the National Solid Waste Management Association, the Young Black CEO Business Network, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), MDSWA (Maryland Delaware Solid Waste Association) and Detachable Container Association (DCA). Recently became a Board Member of Baltimore County Solid Waste Work Group.
Mr. Goode was also featured on Waste360 Podcast Episode 81 Leading (and Building) Companies with Heart and Waste Today, March 21, 2021 Edition “A Goode Partnership” http://magazine.wastetodaymagazine.com/article/march-2021/a-goode--partnership.aspx