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Winner – 2014 BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

John Allen receives Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from BBBHuntsville, November 18, 2014 – The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Inc. hosted its 17th Annual Torch Awards celebration today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville and announced the winners and finalists of its Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.  The BBB also recognized nine North Alabama “Students of Integrity” who were selected to receive this year’s Torch Scholarships. Nucor Steel – Decatur served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Nucor Steel won the 2011 Torch Award for Ethics in the Large Business Category.

More than 225 companies and non-profit organizations were nominated for the Torch Award and were given the opportunity to submit information regarding their ethical relationships with customers, employees and vendors.  A prestigious panel comprised of representatives of the academic and business community judged the entries from thirty-eight businesses and organizations that accepted their nomination and provided an entry for the Torch Award.

The BBB awarded the 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics to: Southern Construction & Design, Inc. in the Small Business Category (1 to 25 employees); Alabama Lawn Masters, Inc. in the Mid-Size Company Category (26-99 employees); Waynes Environmental Services, Inc. in the Large Business Category (100+ employees); nLogic, LLC in the Government Contractor Category and Still Serving Veterans in the Non-Profit Category.

Southern Construction & Design, Inc., a homebuilder located in Madison, AL, was recognized for their commitment to fairness and honesty in all dealings with customers.  This commitment to honesty and integrity is embodied in their motto – to “Do More, Not Less.”  They promote ethics in the workplace by utilizing real world examples to train their employees and vendors.

Alabama Lawn Masters, Inc., a lawn service company based in Huntsville, AL was recognized for their goal – to help beautify everything they touch.  They live by 3 principles: 1 – Do what you say you’re going to do – “Make it Beautiful”; 2 – Do it when you say you are going to do it – mother nature permitting; and 3 – Do it a t a fair market price.  They define themselves by how their staff reacts when something does not go according to plan.

Waynes Environmental Services, Inc., a pest control company located in Tanner, AL, was recognized for their 4 core values of Character, Courage, Commitment and Consistency.  Each day they strive to make strategic decisions based on these core elements of integrity and believe that people have a strong desire to be valued, invested in and encouraged to be the best versions of themselves.

nLogic, LLC, a Huntsville, AL employee-owned company offering engineering, scientific and information technologies, was recognized for their commitment to treat their customers and vendors by the golden rule.  As part of their customer-focused values, the company strives to exceed customer requirements and expectations, insures quality on a consistent basis, conducts business with integrity and respect, vows to be dependable and responsive and accepts accountability for their actions.

Still Serving Veterans, based in Huntsville, AL, was recognized for promoting a service and working environment that values respect, fairness, and integrity as the core of their business practices.  They are passionate about helping Veterans and their families receive all the benefits and services they have earned, connecting them to other vital Veteran support resources within their community and significantly expanding their career opportunities.

During the local awards luncheon, fourteen other companies and non-profit organizations were honored as finalists for the Torch Award.

The finalists were:

Small:  Ed Smith Office Machines, Inc.; Jackson Plumbing d/b/a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; and Rosenblum Realty, Inc.

Mid-Size:  Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, P.C.; Dean & Son Plumbing Company, Inc.; and Flint River Animal Hospital

Large:   ADS Security of Huntsville; ADTRAN, Inc.; and SCA Americas – Barton Site

Government Contractor:   Torch Technologies, Inc.; Troy 7, Inc.; and WaveLink, Inc.

Non-Profit:    The CARE Center; and CASA of Madison County

Carrie Marchese, an investigative reporter for WHNT News-19, served as the Award Celebration’s Emcee.

The Torch Awards celebration also included the 13th annual presentation of Torch Scholarships which are made available to juniors and seniors in North Alabama. When submitting an entry for the Torch Scholarship, students are asked to write a 400 word essay on what Ethics in the Marketplace means to them.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each were presented to Joshua Abreo of James Clemens High School, Allison Brown of New Hope High School, Megan Gambrill of Holly Pond High School, Ashley Irons of Central High School, Kelsey Montgomery of Brooks High School, Meredith Mordecai of Winfield High School, Joseph Pyle of Lauderdale County High School, Matthew Vickers of Scottsboro High School, and Brandon Walker of Hazel Green High School.

The scholarships were sponsored by 1st Family Mortgage Company, LLC, Act II Consignment Shoppe, Donny’s Diamond Gallery, Inc., Dynetics, LLC, The Greater Huntsville Rotary Foundation, IPC, Jerry Damson, Inc., Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI), Redstone Federal Credit Union, Southern Heating & Cooling, Inc., Torch Technologies, Inc. and Waynes Environmental Services.

The scholarship recipients’ essays will be made available soon on the BBB Character Foundation of North Alabama’s website at www.centerforcharacterethics.org/north-alabama.

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