George T. Goodwyn
Always Striving For Excellence and Giving Back to the Community
Inducted in 2011
George T. Goodwyn has never been satisfied with being merely adequate. This army officer, business owner, philanthropist and lifelong resident of Montgomery, Ala., has always upheld the highest standards in his professional and personal dealings.
Goodwyn joined the U.S. Army after receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Alabama. He trained as an airborne combat engineer and served three years in Germany. He also received training in special weapons and became a first lieutenant and company commander before returning to the United States in 1963.
Goodwyn returned to Montgomery and joined Goodwyn & Williamson Bridge Construction Co. as engineer and vice president. In 1965, he formed Goodwyn Engineering Co. with only three employees. Goodwyn Engineering had grown to 17 employees by 1975. Later that year, Goodwyn and his college friend Donald Mills joined to form Goodwyn and Mills Consulting Engineers. In 1985, Steve Cawood joined the partnership, forming the present Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. The firm is currently one of the largest and most successful multidisciplinary design firms in the Southeast and has offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Auburn, Prattville, Andalusia and Vernon, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. With more than 300 employees, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. implements over $400 million in construction projects each year.
In 2002, Goodwyn created a partnership with his son, George T. Goodwyn Jr., known as Goodwyn Building Co. Inc. The company’s mission is to design, build and sell new homes that will retain and gain value for the homeowners.
The legacy of Goodwyn’s professional career is apparent in much of central Alabama’s infrastructure. He has also influenced many practicing engineers through his mentoring and exemplary career. He has a reputation of being a good, honest and hardworking corporate citizen. According to friend and partner Steve Cawood, Goodwyn is “known for doing the right thing” and is a “tremendous partner, mentor and friend.” Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery, describes Goodwyn as being “one of the first to raise his hand in support of any initiative that would make Montgomery and the surrounding region a better place to live, work and play.” He further said, “The citizens of Montgomery owe a debt of gratitude to George T. Goodwyn for his lifelong, selfless commitment to improving the quality of life of our city and its people.”
In 2010, Goodwyn received the Volunteer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volunteer and Information Center and the Junior League of Montgomery. He is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors outstanding leadership and commitment to improving the lives of residents in the River Region. Goodwyn was instrumental in creating Leadership Montgomery with the goal of bringing leaders together to improve the city. He helped create Envision 2020, a community-driven organization that takes an in-depth look at Montgomery’s future. Goodwyn also assisted in spearheading Family Promise, a program for the homeless.