By Kari HawkinsJuly 13, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Army Materiel Command's Sue Goodyear has received several accolades throughout her career for her skills as a resource manager. But, it's her commitment to developing the next generation of employees, managers and leaders where she hopes to make the most lasting impact.
So, when she was selected as a Presidential Rank meritorious award recipient - an award recognizing both her abilities to oversee the financial management of a diverse portfolio for the largest Army command and to coach, mentor and lead high performing employees during an era of downsizing and changing priorities - Goodyear was proud to bring the honor home to Army Materiel Command.
"I'm so honored. There are many people who are part of this award with me. This award reflects on them as well as on me," said Goodyear, who serves as the command's deputy chief of staff for Resource Management and who is a member of the senior executive service.
"This award recognizes not only my work but the work of this entire organization during a year of difficult financial challenges. It is a prestigious award for any Senior Executive Service member serving in the government, but, for me, who started my career nearly 44 years ago as a supply clerk, it represents the height of a career I've really enjoyed."
The Presidential Rank status is the most prestigious recognition afforded to career executives and senior professionals in the federal government. Awardees are nominated by their agency, evaluated through boards of private citizens, and approved by the president of the United States. Goodyear was among 21 Army civilians to receive the 2017 Presidential Rank Award at a June 25 ceremony at the Pentagon hosted by Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper.
Goodyear's career brought her to the Army Materiel Command in 2010, then as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Resource Management. In October 2015, she was promoted to deputy chief, making her the principal advisor to the commanding general on all resource-related matters including programming, budgeting, manpower management, accounting, auditability and financial systems. Goodyear oversees an annual budget comprising more than $8 billion in direct appropriations and $10 billion in Army Working Capital Fund activity, and leads the command's manpower management process that employs more than 60,000 civilians, 3,000 military and 60,000 contractors world-wide in support of the global logistics enterprise.
In the field of Resource Management - where accuracy is paramount, verifying data is critical and correct reporting is essential - the job is in the details, Goodyear said. She leads the headquarters and subordinate command fiscal staffs managing 19 complex appropriations and programs; serves as the command's synchronizer for audit readiness; and oversees both the financial and logistical aspects for command inventory and property across 23 installations.
"There's never a dull moment. You're constantly challenged and you see the results of your work quickly. The work we do impacts Soldiers in a good way," she said. "I love the detail work. I would live in the details if I could. Give me a spread sheet and a data base, and I am happy."
The 2017 Presidential Rank Award reflects performance from fiscal year 2016, which was Goodyear's first year as the senior leader for Army Materiel Command's Resource Management Directorate. It is also the year when Goodyear led efforts to increase available funding for critical priority programs through increased efficiencies; helped to reduce the overhead rate for supply items; and continued to find ways to invest in Quality Work Environment improvement projects for the industrial base, among other accomplishments.
"Sue Goodyear is an exceptional leader that we all should emulate. We are extremely proud of Sue's people-focused and results-driven leadership," said Executive Deputy to the Commanding General for Army Materiel Command Lisha Adams. "Her stills and abilities are preeminent and no meeting passes by without Sue offering her knowledge, insights and counsel in a positive way that educates, convinces and challenges all of us."
Through her speaking engagements at other Army organizations as well as within the community for such groups as the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Goodyear has also built a reputation as a mentor and coach.
"Leaders need to focus on creating the next leaders, on giving their employees opportunities to grow professionally," she said.
"It is key for employees who want to take on leadership roles to get variety in their experiences, and to experience working at different levels of command, with different organizations and even in different career fields. The broader their experience is the better it is for their organization."
Goodyear believes that workforce growth and development is the most important attribute to mission success.
"I encourage employees to excel across multiple resource skills. The roles and responsibilities of each Resource Management employee impacts both the Army Materiel Command and the Army," she said. "Developing teams and educating team members provides them with opportunities for success."
Goodyear is proud of the work delivered on a daily basis by the 90 employees who make up Army Materiel Command Resource Management and the more than 2,500 resource managers across the command.
"Everybody here puts in a full day's work. They have a passion for what they do and it shows in their work," she said. "I expect my employees to give all they can give, to provide accurate and complete data, and to have fun. Every day may not be enjoyable, but as long as most of them are, that's a good sign."
At the heart of their mission, Resource Management employees work daily in the details of managing a diverse portfolio of missions and resources. The organization is an enabler for the command's missions.
"With everything we do, we have to have money to do what we do. We have to have the right money to execute the mission," Goodyear said. "We work closely with the major subordinate commands and with the Department of the Army to understand the issues and to ensure the MSCs have the resources to solve issues. By ensuring Army Materiel Command is adequately funded and fiscally accountable, we are ensuring Soldiers around the world have the right equipment to fight and win on the battlefield."