Testimonials


Joe Connell came highly recommended as a Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Reuse industry expert, with strong expertise and accolades for his work in Habitat ReStore (resale / retail) management. Joe provided us consulting services for our own ReStore operation, doing onsite and phone interviews of our team, and incorporating all of our feedback into actionable recommendations. Joe’s passion for community-service-driven work is contagious, and he gave us steps to not only financial soundness, but with the mission-driven aspects of the work in mind. He made everything easy and pleasant, provided great results for the cost, and gave us a valuable, objective overview of our business and what areas to target for stability, growth and long-term success."

Jean BridgesCOO & CFO, Habitat for Humanity East Bay Silicon Valley

Joe has an uncanny balance of strengths and perspectives that are ideally suited to leading a social enterprise like ReStore. I think it's rare to find someone that is truly equally driven by the structure and physical operations that enable an organization (getting things done) as by the mission and social good (why we do it.) While many claim to be driven by both, most leaders' minds and hearts are firmly in one camp or the other. With both sides, Joe's unflagging interest is the people, whether that's building capacity and shared understanding in his staff; removing obstacles to their work; delivering a better experience for customers; getting the word out to, and engaging more of, the community; or celebrating the ReStore's impact in converting resalable goods into actual homes for Habitat families. Joe's balance and appreciation for both structure and spirit made my job as a brand strategist infinitely easier and more rewarding."

Jason HalsteadBrand Strategist

Joe assisted us during our initial set-up of our Building Materials Reuse Store in Santa Rosa. Great advice and information on operations. Joe has also championed and supported our work organizing the Reuse industry in the Bay Area. Thanks Joe for being so awesome and calming in a sea of reuse chaos!"

Nicole TaiCEO, Greenlynx Retail Store & Deconstruction

Joe is an extremely pragmatic and effective leader. When I was a part of the Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East Board, I interacted with Joe on several different occasions and worked with him closely on several projects. I was always impressed with how Joe was able to see through the noise and distractions driving to quick, positive outcomes. Problem arises? Joe was quick to lead his team to an effective resolution that made sense. Need to get organized? Joe was strategic on how is organization was structured for maximum effectiveness that complemented his leadership abilities. Good peer? Joe developed strong relationships understanding that his network was key to his success and helped others to be successful. I am a big fan of Joe's and would gladly work with him again on future endeavors."

Rick ZindaPresident, CommunityRight, LLC / Entrepreneur

I only have tremendous things to say about working with Joe Connell. For over three years, Joe and I served together on the Board of Directors of the Montavilla Farmers Market where he shined in his ability to grasp and execute on longterm strategy, led and taught others in nonprofit and small business best practices, and was always full of exciting ideas for the organization's sustained growth and community engagement. Joe's vast experience in retail operations, paired with his genuine warmth and kindness, make him one of the most trusted and valuable colleagues I've had in a volunteer (or paid!) experience."

Evan P. SchneiderWriter/Editor/Creative Director