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For more information about the winners and to view photos from the gala event, visit our dedicated event Web site
Winners BBB International Torch AwardProminent Washington, D.C., leaders from both business and the non-profit sector came together at the 2009 BBB International Torch Award to recognize several outstanding businesses and individuals for their contributions to building trust in the marketplace. Held on March 31 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C., the 2009 BBB International Torch Awards honored the following businesses and individuals:

  • American Honda Motor Company and Target Corporation received the BBB Torch Award for Advancing Marketplace Trust, which recognizes businesses that set high standards of excellence for trust through innovative voluntary actions, programs, or sustainment activities.
  • Two companies – Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. and Messer Construction Co. – received the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence, which recognizes superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities.
  • Cass Wheeler, the recently retired CEO of the American Heart Association, was presented the BBB President’s Award. The award is given as  special recognition for sustained superior performance that fundamentally changed the marketplace, and shaped the definition and expectation of trust for all marketplace participants.
  • The BBB Torch Award for Consumer Leadership went to William Novelli, chief executive officer of AARP and former president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball and NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show, delivered the keynote address, and ABC Good Morning America’s consumer reporter Elisabeth Leamy served as mistress of ceremonies.



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