BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust Winners Announced

October 22, 2013

DENVER – Today, at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel in Denver, the BBB of Denver/Boulder announced the winners of its 11th annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust.

Each organization went through a meticulous application process to illustrate its commitment to ethics and community leadership. The winners were each closely evaluated and chosen by an independent panel of judges. The judges analyzed each applicant’s ethical standards and practices, reputation, marketing, advertising, management practices and training programs to distinguish those that were most outstanding.

The nonprofit category winner is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. This organization’s Colorado history dates back to 1918. Its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. “Marketplace trust takes a long time to earn, it doesn’t happen overnight. It requires an incredible commitment to ethics,” said Dave Ryan, CEO, upon accepting the award.

The small business category winner is Integrity Electrical Solutions. Based in Englewood, this young company emphasizes the importance of customer service, happy employees, accountability and community commitment. “What an honor for the entire Integrity Electrical Solutions community,” he said upon accepting the award.

The large business category winner is Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care. This 66-year-old company serves customers all throughout Colorado. It maintains high records for safety and customer satisfaction, and is dedicated to communities statewide. During their acceptance speech John Gibson, president, described the company’s CEO Thomas R. Tolkacz, “Without the values and ethics he portrays, we wouldn’t be who we are today. It’s not what you do when people are watching, it’s what you do when they are not.”

New in 2013, the BBB Torch Awards expanded to recognize individuals who exhibit a remarkable level of integrity with Employee of Integrity and Executive of Integrity Awards.

Colleen Suitt of Colorado Christian University is the Employee of Integrity Award winner. Colleen is described as inspiring students at CCU and highly influential to their success. Acknowledging CCU in her acceptance speech she said, “We’re guided by the values of the word of the Lord and Jesus Christ.”

Raymond Garcia of DRG & Associates is the Executive of Integrity Award winner. As leader of his award-winning business, Raymond instills community involvement and integrity in his employees. “We just finished 20 years in business and what a way to finish it,” he said upon accepting his award.

“We are so honored to recognize these important companies and people for having the courage and focus to integrate integrity in all they do. This year’s Torch Awards are just one way for these organizations to receive the praise they deserve,” said Su Hawk, president and CEO for the BBB of Denver/Boulder.

All winners were honored with the Torch Award at a luncheon ceremony in front of an audience of approximately 400 fellow business and nonprofit colleagues.

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