The former CEO of Kuni Automotive Greg Goodwin met his wife, Michele, in 1978 when he was working as a sales rep at a credit bureau and she was an X-ray technician in Salinas, Calif.“This is a true story. I called her up and I said, ‘So, I’m feeling optimistic today,’ and I asked her to go out with me. … She said yes,” he said. “When we started, we didn’t have much, but what we did have was an almost irrational optimistic view of the future.”On Tuesday, the Goodwins were recognized as the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s 2017 Philanthropists of the Year during a luncheon at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The couple described themselves as “optimistic philanthropists” who hold a positive view of humanity and believe that good things are always possible.“Even in the face of extreme poverty or hopelessness, creative, generous people — like all of you sitting in this room — can pool resources and bring about positive change,” Greg Goodwin said, referring to the crowd gathered in the hotel’s ballroom. More than 600 people attended the event.Greg Goodwin is an honorary adviser for the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, one of Southwest Washington’s largest private charitable foundations, that recently created a $50 million fund for cancer and other medical research and to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled adults. The foundation was the largest shareholder of Kuni Automotive.