Five local companies were honored at the Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware's 49th Annual Dinner on April 7, 2014 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Our keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Robert Laskowski, President & CEO of Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Laskowski offered remarks on the changing face of the healthcare industry, ethics in healthcare and consumer choice. Senator Chris Coons also offered remarks and congratulated the winners. 225 business and community leaders attended this annual celebration of ethics.
Four local companies were awarded theBetter Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The "Torch Awards" are presented annually to those companies who exhibit high ethical standards of behavior toward customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees. "Each of these companies displays a unique level of commitment to business ethics and customer service—they truly embody the foundation and mission of the Better Business Bureau. We are proud to have such an elite group represented this year," said Christine Sauers, President of the Delaware Better Business Bureau. Awards are given in four categories based on company size. The 2014 award recipients are:
In addition, E. Michael "Mike" Rush, Jr., announced the winner of the 22nd Annual Edward M. Rush, Sr. Memorial Award for a family run business. In 1993, the family of Edward M. Rush, Sr., established this award honoring Mr. Rush's memory for setting high standards for family-owned businesses. The award is given annually to an outstanding family-owned and operated Better Business Bureau Accredited Business who also exemplifies the ideals of community and civic service. The winner of this award, not announced until the evening of the dinner was the Boulden Family of Businesses (Boulden Brothers, Boulden Propane, Boulden HVAC). Past recipients include the Delmarva Broadcasting Company (Steinman Family); i.g. Burton Company (Burton Family); Trinity Logistics (Banning Family) and Union Park Automotive (Ursomarso Family) to name a few.
Finally, 2 Delaware High School seniors were each awarded $2500 for the Education Foundation's Student Ethics Scholarships. This years' winners were Mariano Di Gabrielle from Concord High School and Zachary Jones from Appoquinimink High School. The scholarships were sponsored by Hopkins & Sons Moving and Storage and Martin Dealerships.