BBB Announces 2013 Torch Awards Winners

May 10, 2013
Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona recognized ten local companies at the 2013 Torch Awards Luncheon Thursday at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson.

The event featured Master of Ceremonies Tom McNamara of KVOA Channel 4 and keynote speaker Michael Clayton, best-selling author and leadership guru.

Winners were honored in three categories: the Ethics Award, the Good Neighbor Award, and the Customer Excellence Award: 
The Ethics Award: Honors a business for its trustworthy and honorable business practices in four primary categories.
  • Winner: Empire Today 
  • Finalist: Patio Pools & Spas
  • Finalist: Green Valley Cooling & Heating    
The Good Neighbor Award: Recognizes a company that has shown a commitment to making southern Arizona a better place through community service.
  • Winner: Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • Finalist: Randall & Richards 
  • Finalist: Nextrio, LLC
  • Finalist: EffortlessHR, Inc.
The Customer Excellence Award: Recognizes businesses that have an outstanding customer service program and a history of exceeding customers’ expectations.
  • Winner: Golden Eagle Distributors 
  • Finalist: Pima Dermatology  
  • Finalist: BRAKEmax Car Care Centers  
More than 70 Southern Arizona businesses were nominated for the program, which was sponsored by Rich Dad, Desert Sports & Fitness, Snap Fitness, Philip P. Pappas II, Ph.d. of Ameriprise Financial, Inglis Florists, Allegra, Nova Home Loans, Inside Tucson Business, Alliance Bank of Arizona, Sundt Construction, The Law Offices of J. Marc Montijo, Jim Click Automotive Group, and NAWBO.