2013 Torch Award Winners


Automated Copy Systems
2611 Post Oak

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Family owned Automated Copy Systems is celebrating their 35th Anniversary. Owners Wes and Clara Ratliff attitude is “Positively Photo of Wes & Clara RatliffOutrageous Service”, in fact is so much a part of their business it’s on the sign out front of their building, so employees and customers alike know what to expect from this business machines company.

Over the years the company has grown into a service area radius of 100 miles and 17 employees with an average tenure of 12 years with the company. Christian values and high moral character Mr. & Mrs. Ratliff exhibit influences the leadership and management decisions on their day to day operations.

One of Automated Copy Systems suppliers had this to say, “The employees I work with at Automated Copy Systems – weather service, sales or management, all present themselves in a professional and ethical manner. They represent Automated Copy Systems and Canon in a very positive way. I’ve met many of your longstanding customers and your company’s reputation for exceptional service has been impressive.”

Tige’ Boats
1801 Highway 36

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Tige’ Boats was born in California in 1991 and soon relocated to Abilene in 1994. Founder and CEO Charlie Pigeon wanted to create a high performance boat that put the customer experience first. The Tige’ Boats Creed does just that: “We believe our first responsibility is to the retail customer, without whom our business would not exist. Our second responsibility is to all those who work for us. Our third responsibility is to the world in which we live. Our fourth and last responsibility is to our stockholders”.

Tige Boats EmployeesThe company’s reputation is built upon the principles of lawful and ethical conduct. Employees are required to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies, as well as the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity. Employees in all areas and levels are responsible for understanding and complying with the company’s Statement of Ethics.

Here is what one customer said about their experience, “I want to thank the owners and all the people at Tige’ for taking pride in what they do to build and service a quality boat. This is my 5th inboard, but our first Tige’. So far this boat has exceeded my expectations in every way”.