BBB Announces 2014 Torch Award Winners And Student of Integrity

May 15, 2014

Nashville, TN   May 15, 2014
In the Fall of 2013, BBB solicited nominations for the 2014 Torch Award for Ethical Commerce and the response was overwhelming. “BBB received over 250 nominations! Those businesses received an entry packet to be completed and it was no easy task. They were asked to respond to numerous questions and provide backup documentation. The completed entry packets were reviewed by an independent panel of judges.  The judges decisions determined the finalists and recipients of the 2014 Torch Award for Ethical Commerce”, stated Kathleen Calligan, President & CEO of the BBB serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

“While Middle Tennessee has proven to be home to so many great companies operating with high character; these four BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce recipients clearly demonstrated their character on a daily basis, and consistently exceed marketplace standards for ethics in their relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which they do business,” said Calligan.

BBB Middle Tennessee celebrated the four recipients of the 2014 BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce, along with the finalists and all the qualifying nominees, at the celebration dinner held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel on Thursday, May 15.



Amber Woods, a senior at Northeast High School in Clarksville, TN, was named the 2014 BBB Student of Integrity and awarded a $5,000 scholarship from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.  Student of Integrity Finalist, James Wester, a senior at Franklin High School, in Franklin, TN, also received a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by The Integrity Foundation, Inc., the educational arm of the BBB of Middle Tennessee.  Should the students choose to attend Belmont University College of Business their scholarships will be matched by Belmont.


Keynote Speaker, Mark Cleveland, Owner and Founder of Swiftwick® delivered a compelling message identifying how ethics impacts a person’s success:

  • Never compromise your principles
  • Surround yourself with great people
  • Lessons learned from those who went before
  • The importance of accountability
  • Take time to really think about your business, and your plan

Recipients of the 2014 BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce are:
Small-Sized Business Category with 1 – 10 Employees:
Recipient - Austin Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. (Brentwood).
Finalists - Senior Financial Advisors, Inc. – Murfreesboro
                 Temple Health & Wellness Center, Inc. – Franklin

Medium-Sized Business Category with 11 – 50 Employees:
Recipient - Richards & Richards Office Records Management, Inc. (Nashville).
Finalist - Evans Glass Company – Nashville

Large-Sized Business Category with 51 – 174 Employees:
Recipient - American Home Design, Inc. (Goodlettsville)
Finalists - Freeland Chevrolet Superstore – Antioch
                  Southwestern Advantage – Nashville

Very Large-Sized Business Category with 175+ Employees:
Recipient - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. (Nashville)
Finalist - Reliant Realty, LLC – Nashville

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