BBB Announces Business of Integrity Award Winners

April 14, 2014

The Better Business Bureau announces the winners of the 2014 Business of Integrity Awards. Winners will be honored on April 24 in Des Moines at the Downtown Marriott. "These Integrity Award honorees embody the ideals of the Better Business Bureau," said Chris Coleman, Better Business Bureau President. "Our mission is to celebrate marketplace role models who uphold trust, reliability and ethics. Certainly these businesses are excellent role models because integrity is at their foundation." Five high school seniors will also be honored for their integrity and each will receive a $2,500 scholarship. The public is invited to attend the event which starts at 11:45 am. Tickets may be purchased for $40 or a table of 8 is available for $300. For reservations, please contact Madeline Storey, Vice President, at 515-243-8137 x305 or

The 2014 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award honorees are:

  • Brad VanWeelden Company, Des Moines

"At Brad VanWeelden Company we are excited and honored to receive this award. We feel like this award validates our ongoing commitment to our clients and our community. It is very humbling to be honored by the Better Business Bureau and one of our customers for just trying to do the right thing each and every day. Thank you from all of us at Brad VanWeelden Company!" — Brad VanWeelden, President

  • Gratias Construction/Gratias Homes, Clive

"We humbly consider it an honor to be a recipient of BBB's 2014 Integrity Award. We believe customer trust starts through honesty and integrity further develops when looking out for each client's interests while building their dream home. Being in business for over 40 years, we have found honest forthright communication to an important ingredient to achieve said integrity that meets client needs, expectations, and budgets! Our historic success of 'Building Dreams' for clients has been accomplished via friendly honest communication and a never ending teamwork commitment to achieve quality construction from family, staff, and professional sub-contractors employing competent employees. We truly feel blessed in receiving this prestigious award and we sincerely appreciate and thank everyone who has been a part of our team." — Tom Gratias, President

  • Pioneer Communications, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines

"We're honored to receive this award. It represents the kind of company we've always aspired to be. We accept it on behalf of our family of talented, hard-working employees and business partners and our loyal printing and publishing clients. They make everything we do possible, and we're very grateful to all of them." — Jim Slife and Polly Clark, Owners

  • The Rasmussen Group, Des Moines

"'Their word is their bond.' When a long time employee of our company used this phrase to describe our corporate culture regarding integrity, I couldn't have been more proud. Jensen Construction Company and the rest of the Rasmussen Group companies have been faithfully living by these same principles for 100 years. I am pleased and honored to have peers and community leaders recognize our company for our integrity." — Kurt Rasmussen, President

This year's generous sponsors include:

  • Bank of America
  • Des Moines Truck Brokers
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • FBL Financial Group
  • ITAGroup
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Willis Auto Campus

With special thanks to KCCI News 8Boesen the Florist, Clear Channel Outdoor and Amy Allen Photography.

Click Here for additional information on the 2014 Integrity Awards.