2009 Southern Arizona Ethics Winners Announced
May 01, 2009

Four Tucson companies have been awarded the 2009 Business Ethics Awards by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona. Winners are selected based on their trustworthy and honorable business practices.

The following companies are recipients of the 2009 award; included are excerpts from their respective entries:

Temco Air Environmental
Owners: Marshall Dennington & Cathy Rankin
3136 E. Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716 | 520-622-2909
Nature of business: Air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and custom wine rooms for residential, commercial and industrial clients.

“Succeeding in business is simple. Do what we said we would do, when we said we would do it, at the price we committed; in every case, all the time. Sometimes this costs the company money, but our reputation cannot be compromised. We will deliver what we promise and we will not try to sell our customers something they don’t need or that does not fit within their budget. We built this trust over the years, one customer relationship at a time.”  – Owner, Marshall Dennington

Krikawa Jewelry Designs Inc.
President: Lisa Krikawa
2527 E. Lee Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 | 520-322-6090
Nature of business: Custom, high-end wedding and engagement rings for clients’ world wide.

“I started my business in 1998 as a sole proprietor, and we have grown to a company of seven outstanding individuals, all dedicated to the lofty goal of creating an excellent product delivered with outstanding customer service. Over the years we have diligently worked to develop internal systems for optimal efficiency in production and delivery. Every challenge is viewed as an opportunity for improvement, and we maintain an attitude toward each client of kindness and gratitude.” – President, Lisa Krikawa

Adobe Rose Inn, LLC
Owners: Marion & Jim Hook
940 N. Olsen Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 | 520-318-4644
Nature of business: A bed and breakfast featuring six unique rooms, all with private baths. The company also manufactures and sells Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix.

“Our basic philosophy in conducting our business, be it hospitality or manufacturing, echoes our mission statement which is ‘to enhance the lives of the people we serve.’ As a results-driven family owned and operated business, and as individuals, we value integrity, honesty, personal excellence, constructive self-criticism, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect for each other and for all customers, suppliers, employees and the community in which we live.” – Owner, Marion Hook

Bass & Associates, P.C.
President/CEO: Patti Bass
3936 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712 | 520-577-5144
Nature of business: Woman-owned law firm with over 20 years of collections and bankruptcy industry experience. The firm offers comprehensive debt recovery services to clients in the credit-granting industries.

“We are committed to high ethical standards and compliance rooted in the conviction that all entities we deal with should be treated fairly and honestly. We have built our reputation on integrity, respect for others and detail oriented delivery of exceptional collection results…In working with clients we have achieved the success that we have by being open and honest. Not only is it the ‘right’ thing to do, but this sort of relationship enables win/win agreements on contracts to be much more successful.” – President/CEO, Patti Bass

Winners were selected by a panel of three judges representing the non-profit and academic communities including Adina Wingate, Pima Council on Aging and Nina Kersels, Assistance League of Tucson. For the second year BBB partnered with Eller College and its student Board of Honor and Integrity; Eric Kaufman, Bree Johnston, Brandon Kim, Jonna Alle and Jesse Tucker volunteered to judge entries, providing a collective vote for the process. 

Local winning entries will be submitted for the Council of Better Business Bureau’s 2010 International Torch Award competition hosted in Washington, D.C.