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Biographies - Fred Grandy
Fred Grandy
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Fred Grandy
Born: June 29, 1948
Briefly
American actor best known for his role as Gopher on the TV series, "The Love Boat", before his election in 1986 to the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa.


  
 
 
               

Fred Grandy has lived a life most people only fantasize about.

As an actor he starred on the wildly successful TV series The Love Boat, which not only obliged him to visit the worlds most romantic ports of call, but actually PAID him to do it. Yet, at the height of his show business success, he abandoned Hollywood, returned to his native Iowa and launched a campaign for Congress which no one, including his immediate family, thought he could win.

He not only won, he began an eight year career in the Congress which established him as one of the most respected, best spoken, and well liked members on both sides of the aisle. His expertise stretched from crop insurance to health insurance, from welfare reform to campaign finance reform. Both his colleagues in Congress and his constituency back home earmarked Grandy for a long and bright political career.

Frustrated by partisan backbiting, gridlock, and the skyrocketing cost of getting re-elected, Grandy exited Congress in January of 1995 and two weeks later took over one of our nations largest charitable organizations, Goodwill Industries, as the President and CEO. There he spent the next five years rebuilding the reputation of the little understood organizations into Americas most successful workforce development network. During his tenure as CEO, Goodwills annual revenues nearly doubled to $1.6 billion and customers jumped from 130,000 to 373,000 per year. During his last three years with Goodwill, Grandy was named one of the countrys most influential nonprofit leaders by The Non Profit Times. He is at present a visiting professor at the University of Marylands School of Public Affairs.



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