KENNETT SQUARE – It became pretty clear early on in the speech given by Matthew Tucker who was going to be named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year during the 47th annual dinner hosted by the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce March 28.
Once it had been mentioned all the places this person attended school, from high to his undergrad and up, the recipient was aware they were talking about him.
“The graduate of Kennett High School and Gettysburg College, the MBA from Widener – that kind of narrowed it down,” said Ken Goddu, the latest recipient of the prestigious award.
Goddu, who is a native of Kennett Square and has raised his family here as well, was praised by Tucker in his speech for his character.
“He is mild mannered, yet passionate for delivering strong results,” Tucker said. “Those that know him well will refer to him as a genuine article. He epitomizes integrity, respect, quiet confidence, fairness, humility and honesty. And, by the way, he applies this level of dedication in everything in which he is involved with.”
The list of his accomplishments isn’t a short one for Goddu.
Over his lifetime, he has been involved with numerous organizations in the community as a member of the board and continues to do so today.
“[Goddu] has an impressive list of volunteer service for our local community, all while holding various positions throughout his 30-year banking career, including management trainee, leasing supervisor, credit officer, commercial lender and partner chairperson currently serving as head of commercial lending and retail bank groups and division president,” Tucker said.
Some of those services include the YMCA of Brandywine Valley, the Southeastern Economic Development Council, the Chester County Hospital, the Chester County Chamber Business & Industries and the Kennett Square Gold and Country Club, just to name a few.
“I don’t feel as old as all the accomplishments mentioned,” Goddu said. “It’s been a privilege to have been raised and grown up in the Kennett Square area and also a privilege to raise my family and work in such a great community.”
Goddu, whose name is already a familiar one with his father, Bob, also having spent a significant amount of time volunteering and serving in public offices in the Kennett Square area.
“My father was very active in the community,” Goddu said. “He was a former mayor and very active in the fire company. To be able to accomplish this and follow in his footsteps is just an amazing feeling.”