DAYTON, OHIO, May 13, 2014 - Your Better Business Bureau hosted its annual Eclipse Integrity Awards dinner this evening. About 500 people joined your BBB at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center to honor six organizations with the prestigious Eclipse Integrity Awards, five Students of Integrity Award winners, its Community Honor recipient and fifth annual Torch Award winner.
Your BBB’s Eclipse Integrity Awards, sponsored by The Dayton Power and Light Company, WesBanco Bank, Inc., Back To Business I.T., WDTN-TV, Cox Media Group Ohio and Clear Channel, are about ethics, honesty and integrity. The competition was tough. Your BBB received 555 nominations recognizing the outstanding performance of Miami Valley businesses and nonprofits.
Students of Integrity, sponsored by Dayton Dental Collaborative and Reynolds and Reynolds, recognizes five high school seniors for their high moral character and outstanding ethics. The winners were selected from more than 75 excellent nominations from the more than 80 Miami Valley high schools. Each of the winners is recognized as a BBB Student of Integrity and will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a college of his/her choice.
Your BBB’s Community Honor recognizes an organization that’s made significant contributions to enrich the lives of others. It spotlights the honoree’s efforts to realize not only its own mission, but its role in making the Miami Valley a thriving community, taking care of its citizens – individuals and organizations.
The local Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of great Miami Valley business pioneers, such as John Patterson, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Charles Kettering, Colonel Edward Deeds and, most recently, Clay Mathile. It was through their ingenuity, leadership, generosity and mentorship to others that the Miami Valley has stood the test of time and recreated itself again and again. This award honors businesses, which have inspired, mentored and provided valuable support, education and guidance to businesses and community leaders that have went on to make their successes in the Miami Valley.
Eclipse Integrity Award Winners
The Eclipse Integrity Awards 76+ employees category winner was Digestive Specialists, Inc. and Digestive Endoscopy Center, LLC (Kettering, Dayton, Huber Heights, Springboro, Beavercreek). The 26-75 employees category went to Greater Dayton Construction, Ltd. (Beavercreek). Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection, Inc. (Centerville) was honored in the 16-25 employees category. Choice Comfort Service - Heating/Cooling/Electric (Vandalia) was the winner in the 6-15 employees size. The award in the 1-5 employees category went to Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center of Dayton(Oakwood). And, the Nonprofit Integrity Award was awarded to Habitat For Humanity of Greater Dayton (Dayton).
The Eclipse Integrity Awards are presented to businesses demonstrating significant, unique and continuous commitment to exceptional customer service, trust and fair play in the marketplace and day-to-day living. The award winners perform during moments of truth, as well as demonstrate high ethical standards through policies, training and/or staff. They exercise outstanding internal business practices, practice honest competition and have a reputation in the community for sound ethics, service/products and community service. They also promote truth in advertising, exceed customer expectations and support the ideals of your Better Business Bureau.
Diversity, integrity, and flexibility empower Digestive Specialists, Inc. and Digestive Endoscopy Center, LLC, the winner in the 76+ employees category, to respond to the challenges of being a healthcare provider. The practice provides an authentic, excellent, and personalized patient experience, which flows from employees with character who exceed expectations. The leadership has cultivated an environment where each employee has a voice, feels valued, and is valuable to the company’s mission. The practice has increased its community involvement exponentially. Already this year, it’s committed to over 35 health fairs, expos and presentations. It also serves on the American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Task Force, supports The Greene Goes Red for American Heart Association and is a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Greater Dayton Construction, Ltd., the winner in the 26-75 employees category, has a strong corporate foundation based on three key principles: treat people fairly; provide open and honest communication; and deliver on promises made and continually strive to exceed expectations. The company and its family of employees are dedicated to providing outstanding building solutions by exemplifying professionalism, responsiveness and honesty throughout the construction process. Team members put the customer first, which helps them establish “Customers for Life”. The Greater Dayton Construction team believes helping those in need is the best gift of all. It commits time, resources and expertise to local organizations, such as Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley, Rebuilding Together Dayton and The American Red Cross.
A passion for collecting coins turned into a family-owned business - Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection, Inc., the winner in the 16-25 employees category. The company’s business ethics and recognized achievements demonstrate who it is and what it stands for: a fair, honest small business focused on customer care and its local community. The team understands that without integrity, the company would not be successful. It handles large dollar transactions, honestly and ethically, enhancing its reputation. Its employees are invited to attend outside workshops, training sessions, fundraisers and networking events. These are opportunities for individual growth and development while extending the organization’s footprint.
With a family-oriented culture, the Choice Comfort Services team is devoted to improving the lives of its customers, co-workers and communities. High integrity is the hallmark of the entire team of this winner in the 6-15 employees category. They understand customers have a choice and appreciate the trust customers put in them. They operate as a team, addressing HVAC problems and celebrating individual and joint successes. They’re encouraged to “Take 2”, meaning to go above and beyond what’s expected. The company supports a variety of organizations, events and schools, including area chambers, Dayton Air Show, Troy Strawberry Festival, Avon Walk for Life and Choices, Inc.
The Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center of Dayton, the winner in the 1-5 employees category, is patient focused first and foremost. Team members take pride in hugging patients in need, listening to patients in doubt, and supporting them through the difficult journey to a pain-free life. The practice believes in community service and works with students, partners with businesses and educates people on injury management and healthy lifestyles. The practice’s integrity has allowed it to work with the finest medical professionals and local athletes. Dr. Prikkel has even worked with the USA Olympic Training Centers and USA national Bobsled, Skeleton and Track & Field teams. To Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center using the highest ethical standards is integral to its mission.
The Nonprofit Integrity Award is presented to a nonprofit or charity demonstrating outstanding community service through its mission and commitment. The nominee practices ethical and responsible fund raising and demonstrates strong fiscal responsibility and board oversight. It has measurable results reported honestly and promotes the vitality and overall health of our community. It also demonstrates regular and effective communication with constituencies and clients. Additionally, it supports the ideals of your BBB and meets your BBB’s standards for charitable accountability.
With its “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy, Habitat For Humanity of Greater Dayton, the winner in the nonprofit category, provides affordable housing to families trying to get away from poverty housing. The Habitat team understands the organization depends on its reputation to gain volunteer and financial support because people do research before choosing where to spend time or money. The organization’s reputation for integrity has helped it recruit nearly 2,300 volunteers donating over 39,000 hours. Many businesses return annually to work. To increase capacity and be a good steward, the organization started the Home Begins Here capital campaign to move into a larger facility, reducing overhead. It also merged with Habitat for Humanity of Greene County to serve more families. Habitat For Humanity of Greater Dayton is transforming lives and promoting positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change.
Students of Integrity Winners
Savannah Boerger is ranked first in her class at Kenton Ridge High School with a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance. She earned first place in the 2013 Ohio Math League competition and the 2013 Honda/OSU Math Medal Award and was named Clark County Exemplary Writer. She’s president of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, an active member of 4-H Club and volunteers at her church, Salvation Army and a nursing home. She has a passion for animals and plans to attend the University of Findlay and pursue a career as a veterinarian. She demonstrates high standards in all she does.
Kenton Dickison is an energetic scholar, athlete, volunteer and champion of school spirit at Milton-Union High School. A natural leader, Kenton has been his class president for all four years of high school and is captain of his football, basketball, and tennis teams. Not just an athlete, he is in show choir, school musicals, his church’s youth group and 4-H Club. He also dedicates his time to being a counselor for various sports camps. Kenton plans to attend the University of Dayton and become a pediatrician. He’s an exceptional young man.
Kristina Hollkamp’s scholarship, leadership and commitment to social responsibility are an asset to Carroll High School and the community. She divides her time among several extra-curricular activities, including theater, tennis, peer tutoring and school clubs. She enjoys volunteering at organizations like Dayton Children’s, her school’s Christian Service Workcamp and House of Bread. Her list of honors include Superior ratings at several levels of science fairs, two consecutive first place titles from the East Dayton Optimist Essay contest and participates in engineering and math competitions. She plans to attend the University of Notre Dame, where she will study biochemisty.
Kathryn Quinn shows leadership at Stivers School for the Arts through her integrity, positive attitude and strong work ethic. This salutatorian candidate maintains a 4.41 GPA, is National Honor Society president and member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She’s an accomplished actress and musician, starring in several stage productions and playing oboe and clarinet in the Stivers Philharmonic Orchestra and alto saxophone in the Stivers Jazz Orchestra. Kathryn dedicates her time to organizations like Adopt-a-Park, Humane Society of Greater Dayton and National MS Society. She’s also a teaching assistant at Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm. The extraordinary young woman will make her mark in the world, as she pursues a career in forensic science.
Maggie Schutter has shown leadership and dedication at Centerville High School and within the community. With a 4.35 GPA, she’s not only a classroom leader, but is captain of her varsity volleyball and basketball teams and has taken active roles in organizations educating her peers about substance abuse. She’s a mentor to at-risk elementary school students and high school freshmen, as well as a member of an organization that creates friend groups for kids with disabilities. She volunteers for her school’s Mock Trial and Halloween Haunted Trail, as well as MAK Memorial Baseball Tournament and area soup kitchens. Maggie Schutter will study business or law at the University of Dayton.
Community Honor Recipient
For more than 125 years, Sinclair Community College has strived to help individuals turn dreams into achievable goals through accessible, high quality, affordable learning opportunities. Over the last five years, Sinclair has awarded more degrees and certificates than any other community college in Ohio. It not only offers degrees and certificates, it also provides workforce development training, strengthening our local marketplace. As it prepares 20,000 students with skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, it’s guided by four core strategies: quality, accessibility, sustainability and community alignment. Driven to give back to the communities it serves through its staff and students, it supports community projects through its Service Learning organization, its staff volunteer their time and talent to a variety of community activities and it sponsors community events by providing meeting spaces and monetary support.
Torch Award Winner
Following the company’s split from NCR in 2007, Teradata Corporation maintained its corporate headquarters in the Dayton area. Its leadership views the company’s role in the Miami Valley as one of economic development, creation of high-value employment and a commitment to leadership, innovation and reputation. It’s earned many national honors for its work. Teradata provides extensive education and development opportunities for employees, including Teradata University - an online learning resource, tuition assistance to eligible employees and their children and scholarships to children of Teradata employees who are selected as National Merit Scholarship winners. The company is committed to building strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life and making a positive difference where its team members live and work. Teradata Cares administers all of the company’s community investment programs. Employees are given four days a year to volunteer and give back. It also holds an Annual Days of Caring in August, provides community service grants to groups of employees who volunteer together and more.
John North, BBB president/CEO says, “Tonight was a great night for the Miami Valley marketplace. With great pride, your BBB showcased some outstanding businesses, nonprofit and youth. It’s inspiring for all to see how integrity, trust and ethics can help organizations and people succeed. Congratulations to all the honorees as they are great examples of why doing the right thing is the right thing to do. May we all mirror the example they’ve set for us.”
An independent panel of judges selected the Eclipse Integrity Award winners. The Eclipse Integrity Awards judges included Neil Arthur, Arthur Associates, LLC; Dr. Bud Baker, Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business; Dan Davis, PNC Bank; Michael Goldshot, Goldshot, Lamb & Hobbs; Barbara Hayde, The Entrepreneurs Center; Harry Seifert, Standard Register Company; Yvonne Bravo Wathen, Bravo SCM; and Susie Woodhull, Woodhull, LLC.
Another independent panel of judges selected the Students of Integrity Award winners. The judges were Duante Beddingfield, 4 Paws For Ability; Jennifer Buckwalter, Wright State University; Chris Cartwright, Landmark Title Agency South, Inc.; Theresa Lenzini, Sinclair Community College; Laima Rastikis, Rastikis Ink Writing & Communications, LLC; Ty Stone, Sinclair Community College; and Ariel Walker, City of Dayton.
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