BBB Announces Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists and Excellence in Community Service Award

January 27, 2017

Amarillo, Texas – January 26, 2017 – The Better Business Bureau announces four companies and two nonprofit organizations who have made it to the finalist level of the awards competition.


2017 Torch Awards for Ethics finalists are:


Small Business Category:

Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

The Jim Hutson Agency, LLC

Plains Plumbing Company, LLC


Large Business Category:

          Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC


Nonprofit Category:

          CareNet Pregnancy Centers of Amarillo & Canyon

          United Way of Amarillo & Canyon


This year’s Excellence in Community Service Award recipient is Jimmy Lackey, President, Kids Incorporated. The Excellence in Community Service Award is given to an individual who has shown unfailing dedication to serving the community and brings the core values set forth by the BBB to their everyday practices.


The Torch Awards for Ethics not only recognizes businesses and organizations that make it to this level, they also serve to recognize reputable business practices overall. “Good businesses make a good community, one where people want to live, work and do business,” said Janna Kiehl, CEO of the BBB.


The winner in each of the categories will be announced February 16, 2017 at the Torch Awards for Ethics celebration. Guest speaker is Jim Knight, Business Culture Catalyst, former Hard Rock International Executive and author of Culture That Rocks!


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"The longevity of the Torch Awards program reflects an ongoing interest by companies and individuals in ethical business practices and self-regulation," said Kiehl. "Belief in ethics, in doing the right thing even in difficult situations, is the foundation of the BBB system." The awards is the BBB's opportunity to shine a light on what's good and right in our community; for individual companies who apply for the award and for good business overall."


Award Criteria include a demonstration of ethical practices in the marketplace; high standards of behavior toward customers, employees, suppliers, and communities; truthful and accurate advertising and sales practices; ethical reputation among industry peers and in communities in which they do business; and programs to assist employees in carrying out ethics policies.