DAYTON, OHIO, May 10, 2016 - Your Better Business Bureau hosted its annual Eclipse Integrity Awards dinner this evening. Nearly 550 people joined your BBB at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center to honor six organizations with the prestigious Eclipse Integrity Awards, five Students of Integrity Award winners, its Community Honor recipient and local Torch Award winner, as well as recognize a local business that won the 2015 International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence.
Your BBB’s Eclipse Integrity Awards, sponsored by The Dayton Power and Light Company, WesBanco Bank, Inc., Back To Business I.T., WDTN-TV, Cox Media Group Ohio and iHeart Radio, are about ethics, honesty and integrity. The competition was tough. Your BBB received more than 630 nominations recognizing the outstanding performance of Miami Valley businesses and nonprofits.
Students of Integrity, sponsored by Dayton Dental Collaborative and Reynolds and Reynolds, recognizes five high school seniors for their high moral character and outstanding ethics. The winners were selected from more than 70 excellent nominations. All high schools in your BBB’s service area received invitations to nominate two outstanding students from their senior classes. Each of the winners is recognized as a BBB Student of Integrity and will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a college of his/her choice.
Your BBB’s Community Honor recognizes an organization that’s made significant contributions to enrich the lives of others. It spotlights the honoree’s efforts to realize not only its own mission, but its role in making the Miami Valley a thriving community, taking care of its citizens – individuals and organizations.
The local Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of great Miami Valley business pioneers, such as John Patterson, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Charles Kettering, Colonel Edward Deeds and, most recently, Clay Mathile. It was through their ingenuity, leadership, generosity and mentorship to others that the Miami Valley has stood the test of time and recreated itself again and again. This award honors businesses, which have inspired, mentored and provided valuable support, education and guidance to businesses and community leaders that have went on to make their successes in the Miami Valley.
The BBB International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence is given to a business that demonstrates superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit its customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities. The competition is open to all for-profit businesses in North America that provide goods or services to retail and/or wholesale markets.
Eclipse Integrity Award Winners
The Eclipse Integrity Awards 61+ employees category winner was Alternate Solutions Health Network (Kettering). The 16-60 employees category went to Nurses Care, Inc. (Miamisburg). SpringCreek Fertility (Centerville) was honored in the 7-15 employees category. Valeria’s Beauty Center and Day Spa (Dayton) was the winner in the 1-6 employees size. The Nonprofit Integrity Award in the 0-4 employees category was awarded to Shoes 4 The Shoeless (Dayton). The honoree in the Nonprofit Integrity Award in the 5+ employees category went to The Foodbank, Inc. (Dayton).
The Eclipse Integrity Awards are presented to businesses demonstrating significant, unique and continuous commitment to exceptional customer service, trust and fair play in the marketplace and day-to-day living. The award winners perform during moments of truth, as well as demonstrate high ethical standards through policies, training and/or staff. They exercise outstanding internal business practices, practice honest competition and have a reputation in the community for sound ethics, service/products and community service. They also promote truth in advertising, exceed customer expectations and support the ideals of your Better Business Bureau.
At Alternate Solutions Health Network, the winner in the 61+ employees category, team members keep focused on integrity. It begins during the interview when staff share the company’s Core Beliefs and continues throughout an employee’s career. Employees are expected to act with honesty and integrity always, view quality and trust as the business’ cornerstones, care for customers like they’re family, work as a team to attain success and support the communities where they work and live. Employees reach out to their constituents with integrity, generosity of spirit and genuine friendship while providing much-needed services. The company encourages support of nonprofits through jeans-for-a-dollar days, raffles and fundraising luncheons. Leadership encourages employee volunteer efforts and reaching out to underserved community members.
Nurses Care, Inc., the winner in the 16-60 employees category, provides the highest quality home health care services with Christian values and compassionate hearts. The team does so by respecting others and going above and beyond. To ensure the company operates with the highest integrity, the company’s implemented initiatives, such as a quality assurance team, performance improvement plan and professional advisory board. It relies on its outstanding reputation to continue to grow the business. Nurses Care reaches out to the community it serves and beyond by supporting TJ’s Place of Hope, the Community Pregnancy Center of Middletown, Toys for Tots, as well as sponsoring and coaching area sports teams and providing free screenings at community events.
The winner in the 7-15 employees category, SpringCreek Fertility, is a patient-centered, state-of-the-art practice committed to providing exceptionally positive experiences for both associates and clients. In fact, the SpringCreek team continually asks themselves: what could be done to make the next person’s fertility journey better? It is the practice’s goal that associates, vendors, clients and patients flourish with their association with SpringCreek. Sometimes that means just moving out of the way so people can do their tasks, offering support and training, while other times it involves difficult decisions. SpringCreek is involved in several chambers of commerce, Women in Business Networking and Generation Dayton. Associates are encouraged to volunteer with organizations of their own choice.
The team at the winner in the 1-6 employees category, Valeria’s Beauty Center and Day Spa, has implemented three actions to build integrity in the community. First, they strive to keep customers satisfied. If a customer is unhappy, team members work with them until they are. Second, the staff treat customers like family. They welcome them into the business, learn about their needs and how the company can help them be successful. Third, they stay involved in the community. For instance, the team participates in Montgomery County’s Youthworks program, Premier Community Health’s Ribbons over the Miami Valley, raising money for free mammograms, and collects items for Linda Vista clients, supporting the fight against domestic violence.
The Nonprofit Integrity Award is presented to a nonprofit or charity demonstrating outstanding community service through its mission and commitment. The nominee practices ethical and responsible fund raising and demonstrates strong fiscal responsibility and board oversight. It has measurable results reported honestly and promotes the vitality and overall health of our community. It also demonstrates regular and effective communication with constituencies and clients. Additionally, it supports the ideals of your BBB and meets your BBB’s standards for charitable accountability.
The nonprofit winner in the 5+ employees category, The Foodbank, Inc., is a central warehouse facility for 102 local nonprofit food pantries, emergency shelters and soup kitchens. This nonprofit has grown every year: in capacity, number of volunteers, volunteer hours, food distribution and fresh produce distributed. In fact, it distributed nine million pounds of food in fiscal year 2015. The Foodbank strives to continuously improve operations through a process known as Kaizen, a model taught to staff by Toyota process engineers. In 2013, The Foodbank relocated to a new facility, allowing it to expand operations by doubling dry storage space and nearly tripling perishable food storage space. In 2014, The Foodbank scored the highest food safety audit score in the Feeding America network. The Foodbank, Inc. continues to create partnerships to empower, educate and create new opportunities to fight hunger.
Motivated by compassion, a sense of justice and desire to put faith into action, Shoes 4 the Shoeless, the nonprofit winner in the 0-4 employees category, has provided gym shoes, socks and underwear to over 40,000 local children in need since 2010. To complete the giving cycle, the organization developed a program called Kindness Matters in which children in schools served make and deliver get-well cards to Dayton Children’s patients. The organization serves with excellence thanks to its dynamic board of directors, efficient and effective system of referrals and deliveries, and large, diverse pool of volunteers. In fact, the organization and its leadership have received local and state recognition for the organization’s remarkable efforts. Shoes 4 the Shoeless exemplifies integrity in every aspect from accounting practices, data collection, marketing strategies to its reason for existence.
Students of Integrity Winners
Emma Eichenauer from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and served as an Eagle Ambassador. Emma began a nonprofit, GotVeggies?, that has donated 15,000 pounds of fresh produce to Catholic Social Services Food Bank. Emma has applied to Florida Southern, University of Dayton and The Ohio State University to study Biology or Marine Biology.
Madison Fecher from Beavercreek High School is a member of the high school soccer team, Beavercreek Youth Softball Association and Pre-Med Club. Madison volunteers with the Peer Helping program with special education classes. Madison plans to attend The Ohio State University in the fall and study Neuroscience.
Troy Christian High School student, Meredith Haddad, holds a GPA of 4.16, is a National Honor Society member and has been recognized as a scholar athlete for 11 sport seasons. Meredith organized a basketball camp in Mexico and has participated in four mission trips in Nicaragua and New York City. Meredith plans to attend Cornerstone University for Biblical studies or exercise science.
Jason Holbrook from Tecumseh High School holds the title of class valedictorian. Jason served as student vice president, is a member of the National Honor Society and founded his school’s first barbershop quartet. Jason has volunteered with Midwest Children’s Foster Home, Meals on Wheels and Relay for Life. Jason plans to attend Wright State University majoring in education to become a teacher.
Allison Ross from Oakwood High School currently holds a 4.45 GPA. Allison participates in National Honor Society, Student Council and the Speech and Debate Team. Allison volunteers time to House of Bread and participates in Junior Leadership Dayton and Oakwood Giving. Allison plans to attend Georgetown University for International Health and Government.
Community Honor Recipient
Your BBB’s Community Honor, sponsored by Voss Auto Group, recognizes an organization that’s made significant contributions to enrich the lives of others. It spotlights the honoree’s efforts to realize not only its own mission, but its role in making the Miami Valley a thriving community, taking care of its citizens – individuals and organizations. The University of Dayton models the definition of this honor. This comprehensive, Catholic university is dedicated to its diverse student population, its faculty and staff, as well as the community locally, nationally and internationally. No matter whether it’s UD’s global initiatives, such as establishing an institute in China, working with corporate leaders like Emerson Climate Technologies or GE Aviation to build dynamic partnerships to enhance our economy, caring for the less fortunate through its Center For Social Concern, to embracing initiatives to create a more sustainable world, University of Dayton is making our lives better in seen and unseen ways. It is dedicated to excellence in all it does reflecting its motto: ‘Learn. Lead. Serve.’ Flyers believe the more people they help to develop compassionate hearts and critical minds, the better the world will be.
Torch Award Winner
Your BBB’s Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of those business men and women who never stopped believing in Dayton and committed themselves to its continual evolution through their leadership, community service and mentorship to the next generation. With eight hospitals, ten emergency departments and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio, Kettering Health Network is committed to transforming the healthcare experience with world class health services for every stage of life. Its hospitals and specialty care areas are among the best in Ohio and across the nation. The organization strives to give its neighbors the tools they need to live the healthiest lives possible. It does this through employee support of United Way, health outreach teams participating in area events, financially supporting community organizations, such as the Air Force Association, Dayton Art Institute, YMCA, Rotary and more. Kettering Health Network also supports a healthy economy by providing needed tools to up-and-coming leaders through Kettering Health Young Professionals, its Leadership Institute and providing internships, fellowships and shadowing within a variety of healthcare business roles.
International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence
The Council of Better Business Bureaus honored Choice Comfort Services with a 2015 International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence. The International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence award is given to a business that demonstrates superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit its customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities. It’s exciting that this local company, which won an Eclipse Integrity Award in 2014, went on to represent our marketplace in the global competition and brought the honor home to the Miami Valley. Choice Comfort Services has a strong company-wide commitment to doing the right thing inspiring loyalty from its constituents. This loyalty not only boosts sales of their service or product, it also improves the quality of life for those that work for and do business with the company, and contributes to a healthy, more trusted marketplace.
John North, BBB president/CEO says, “It’s been a phenomenal evening recognizing organizations and individuals that strive for excellence in all they do. They model integrity, trust and ethics naturally and demonstrate how operating with these values at your core is critical for your success personally and professionally. Their actions strengthen our economy. It is an honor to recognize them tonight and we extend our heartfelt congratulations.”
An independent panel of judges selected the Eclipse Integrity Award winners. The Eclipse Integrity Awards judges included Kent Anderson, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton; Neil Arthur, Arthur Associates, LLC; Dr. Bud Baker, Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business; Dan Davis, PNC Bank; Kim Duncan, Elements IV Interiors (retired); Dan Foley, Montgomery County Commissioner; Michael Goldshot, Goldshot, Lamb & Hobbs; Marcy Hawley, Orange Frazer Press; Bob Hothem, The Alternative Board Miami Valley; Harry Seifert, Standard Register Company (retired); Yvonne Bravo Wathen, Bravo SCM; and Susie Woodhull, Woodhull, LLC.
Another independent panel of judges selected the Students of Integrity Award winners. The judges were Jim Bucher, buchtvguy.com
; Lisa Crosley, EnviroControl Systems, Inc.; Debbie Fox, Levin Family Foundation; Jamie Jarosik, WDTN-TV; Chris Moore, Eastway Corporation; Dr. Pat Prikkel, Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center of Dayton, Inc.; Shelby Quinlivan, University of Dayton; Laima Rastikis, Rastikis Ink; Dr. Rhonda Reagh, Reagh and Associates; Kevin Sanford, Synchrony Financial; Andrea Smith, Emerson Academy of Dayton and Ariel Walker, City of Dayton.
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