Torch Awards

Why we celebrate ethics:

Your BBB and BBB|Foundation spend a lot of time investigating scams, exposing unethical behavior and helping businesses and consumers come to a resolution in their disputes. The annual recognition program — Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service Excellence Award and Student Ethics Scholarship — is our chance to celebrate those who incorporate excellence and ethics into every aspect of their roles in the marketplace.

How you can help:

We need the support of community-minded businesses like yours to continue these programs. Your BBB Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the education and community outreach arm of your BBB® of Northwest Florida. We support your BBB’s vision of an ethical marketplace through community education and recognition programs.

What's in it for you:

As a business leader, you benefit from an ethical marketplace. Consumers who don’t lose money to scams and unethical businesses have more to spend with businesses they can trust — businesses like yours! As you’ll see when you review the sponsorship levels, we offer a number of opportunities to deliver favorable impressesions of our sponsors to other business leaders, consumers and the media in our community. We appreciate our sponsors and want to recognize you wherever possible!

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors
Cox Communications
Gulf Power
Landrum Companies
Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Silver Sponsors
StuderGroup
Jim & Lila Cox

Bronze Sponsors
Bubba Hill Auto Plaza
Destin Roofing
Roussos A/C and Heating
Underwood Anderson & Ass. Ins

Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
Your BBB Foundation’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics was created to publicly recognize businesses and charities that maintain a solid commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical manner.

BBB Accreditation is not required to enter, however, applicants must be physically located within BBB|Northwest Florida’s service area and charities must have participated in BBB|Northwest Florida’s Charity Review Program within the last two years.Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics applications and nominations (and yes, we LOVE self-nominations) must be returned no later than March 14, 2014. If you're nominating another business or charity, nominations are preferred earlier to allow time to schedule on-site interviews with the nominees.

Customer Service Excellence Award
Your BBB Foundation’s Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their customer service activities. To nominate an individual for the Customer Service Excellence Award, submit a nomination no later than March 14, 2014.

Student Ethics Scholarship
Your BBB Foundation’s Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes high school students for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. Each student selected receives a $1,000 scholarship payable to the college or university of their choice. Student Ethics Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 14, 2014 or delievered to our office by 2 p.m. on March 14, 2014.

Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics Online Auction
The BBB of Northwest Florida Foundation is hosting a “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” online auction. The auction begins on Monday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. CDT and ends on Thursday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. CDT. The auction site is http://nwfl.app.bbb.org/auction/.

The auction serves as a fundraiser to help the BBB Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, fulfill its mission of “community education and recognition programs”.

 

Congratulations 2014 Winners!

District I Winners:

  • Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics: 

    1-10 employees category- Evans Automotive Service Center
    Honorable Mention- Gulf Coast Air Care
    11-49 employees category- Gilmore Services
    50+ employees category- Pen Air Federal Credit Union
    Charity category- Council on Aging of West Florida
    Charity category- The Ronald McDonald House NWFL

          
  • Customer Service Excellence Award:
    David Apple, Apple Market
           
  • Student Ethics Scholarships:
            Naomi B. Allen – Gulf Breeze High School
            Sarah Kaitlyn Goff – Pensacola High School 
            Margaret Player – Gulf Breeze High School

District II Winners:

  • Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics:

    1-10 employees category- J&F Autowerks
    11-59 employees category- Alpha Foundation Specialists

  • Customer Service Excellence Award:
    Joshua Griffin, Alpha Foundation Specialists
           
  • Student Ethics Scholarships:
            Alexander C. Fager- Niceville High School
            Regan McAllister- Niceville High School
            Charles Fletcher Shackelford II- Ft. Walton Beach High School
          

District III Winners:

  • Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics:
    1-10 employees category- Burg Management Company
    11-49 employees category- Bubba Hill Auto Plaza

  • Customer Service Excellence Award:
    Ronald Mitchell, Christian Memorial Chapel
          
  • Student Ethics Scholarships:
            Camerin Jade Dixon- Poplar Springs High School
            Calen Paul Masai- Blountstown High School
            Nhung Phan- Rutherford High School

          

Congratulations to all the businesses, organizations, individual employees, and students that received awards!

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