November 12, 2009

The Better Business Bureau held its 4th Annual Torch Awards Luncheon today at Tunk’s Cypress Inn restaurant, Boyce, Louisiana, honoring 13 companies from Central Louisiana area. The Torch Awards are presented to the company with high ethical standards of behavior towards customers, suppliers, users, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business The nominees were Cunningham Business Systems, LLC, Alexandria; Darryl Andrews State Farm, Alexandria; Express Auto Glass, Pineville; Heart of Louisiana Federal Credit Union, Pineville; Hooper’s Carpet & Vinyl, Inc., Alexandria; Hope Medical, LLC. Pineville; Mason Salter’s Inc., Natchitoches; Million Air Alexandria, Alexandria; Rapides Federal Credit Union, Alexandria; Renegade Harley-Davidson, Alexandria; Turner Teleco-Alexandria, Alexandria; LaSalle General Hospital, Jena; McDonald’s, Alexandria.

The winner of the small business BBB Torch Award presented to a business with less than 49 employees was Renegade Harley-Davidson, Alexandria. Greg Cooke, owner, moved to Alexandria in 2003 from South Florida looking for a business opportunity and a better quality of life. Within the first six months, his staff grew from 11 to 30 and today Renegade maintains 48 dedicated employees. They are proud to say that they are in a constant state of evolution, raising the bar of excellence on themselves, the staff and delivering that to their customers and community. Renegade Harley-Davidson believes in their brand and they have a great passion for what they do. They have been an Accredited Business since 2004.

The winner of the large company for businesses with 50 employees or more was McDonald’s of Alexandria – Glenda and David Stock, owners. Glenda Stock, a Texas native, began her owner/operator training for McDonald’s in 1995. Through the years, Glenda has received numerous and prestigious awards. From Delivering Outstanding Service and Small Business Person of the Year to Excellence and Outstanding Community Leader awards, Glenda has proven that excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe and dreaming more than others think practical. Glenda has been recognized throughout the years for her involvement in the community including the American Red Cross, the Cabrini Foundation and the Cenla Community Foundation. She sponsors numerous activities that help to promote youth development and education including the adoption of 3 schools as partners in education.

Also recognized at the luncheon was the BBB Scholarship at LSUA recipient Kimberly Costanza. The BBB scholarship was established to assist business majors pursuing a business future.