DAYTON, OHIO, May 9, 2017 - Your Better Business Bureau hosted its annual Eclipse Integrity Awards dinner this evening. Nearly 500 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.
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. BBB received more than 560 nominations recognizing the outstanding performance of Miami Valley businesses and nonprofits.
BBB’s Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. (CBCE) recognizes the winners of the 2017 DP&L Students of Integrity, five high school seniors demonstrating high moral character and outstanding ethics. The winners were selected from more than 50 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 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 staff, businesses and community leaders that have went on to make their successes in the Miami Valley.
Eclipse Integrity Award Winners
The Eclipse Integrity Awards 100+ employees category winner was Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC - Midwest Region. The 15-99 employees category went to BarryStaff. The Cakery was honored in the 7-14 employees category. Solid Rock Roofing, Inc. was the winner in the 1-6 employees size. The Nonprofit Integrity Award in the 0-99 employees category was awarded to Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The honoree in the Nonprofit Integrity Award in the 100+ employees category went to Echoing Hills Village, Inc. dba echoingU.
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, compete honestly 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.
The list of services offered at Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC – Midwest Region, the winner in the 100+ employees category, is long, including employee benefits, personal and commercial insurance, claims management services, loss control services, risk management programs and surety bonding. Its vision is to be a world-class leader, revolutionizing its industry and clients’ experiences. The team is very customer-oriented knowing successful business relationships rely both on products and services provided, the accountability to do what you say and the reputation you have within the industry. Team members currently provide leadership by serving on approximately 36 boards, committees and foundations in the communities in which they work and live. The company takes responsibility for acting with integrity at all times, even when it means making difficult choices.
The philosophy at BarryStaff, a staffing service specializing in light industrial and clerical staffing, is “Do the right thing” even when it may not be the most popular or cost-effective option. The staff at this winner in the 15-99 employees category understand operating with integrity is contagious. It draws people of the same pedigree, which is passed on to clients. The company’s culture has been described as “loose, friendly and social…but with a razor-sharp focus on our work.” Team members support a variety of community organizations, such as Sinclair Foundation Board, Webster Station Business Association and 100+ Women Who Care. Over the last two years, more than 50 community groups have used the BarryStaff community room free of charge. It’s had a consistent work ethic going back almost four decades.
The team at The Cakery, the winner in the 7-14 employees category, strives to do all the right things with the business, community, customers and associates. They put the customer first as they create delicious baked goods, always striving to produce a product or service that they would expect for themselves. They weave integrity into all their actions, not seeking out attention, but quietly performing in the background. They operate to serve their customers, not themselves. The Cakery gives back to the community by supplying free bakery items or monetary gifts to organizations like Habitat For Humanity, Dayton Children’s, Think TV and Ronald McDonald House. The team treats everyone with respect both outside and inside the business.
Solid Rock Roofing, Inc., a Miami Valley roofing contractor winning the 1-6 employees category, celebrates 27 years in business this year. The team strives to be easy to work with by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards. The company’s longevity assures customers they can depend on it for the long-term. Its culture is family-like with open and honest communication. It’s a small, close-knit group that shares in the sacrifices and rewards. The company strives to be active in the community through organizations, such as The Heart of Centerville, chambers of commerce, Centerville Noon Optimist and Centerville Historical Society. The company is committed to employee training, safe work environments, accountability to its customers, exceeding expectations and excellence in products and services.
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.
This year, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the nonprofit winner in the 0-99 employees category, celebrates its 115th anniversary serving the people and pets in the Miami Valley. Since its inception, its helped tens of thousands of animals live happy, healthy lives. Today, it’s the area’s largest no-kill organization and has an average save rate of 97 percent. The organization runs on donations from individuals, corporations and grants and has more than 400 people who donate over 50,000 hours of volunteer time annually. It also has 22 offsite adoption locations. The organization’s culture is filled with passionate, dedicated employees. Animals receive top-notch care and love from the shelter staff. The team works tirelessly daily to operate ethically and with integrity
For 50 years, Echoing Hills has supported individuals with disabilities. In 2012, echoingU, the nonprofit winner in the 100+ employees category, was founded in Dayton, developing ways individuals with disabilities can discover their gifts and abilities and learn skills that give them confidence to live in and give back to their community. In fact, between August 2012 and January 2017, 191 students have volunteered over 8,700 hours at 24 volunteer sites. It also engages the community by providing guest speakers, tours and community appreciation events. The organization depends upon the community’s trust and goodwill. The team understands echoingU students would have no opportunities to explore and become further connected without it. Therefore, the team strives daily to build trust in all relationships. The echoingU staff’s hard work and ethics demonstrated daily.
Students of Integrity Winners
Mitchell Colvin from Tippecanoe High School plans to study exercise science with a minor in Spanish. Mitchell’s goal is to become a physical therapist for Doctors Without Borders.
Charles Jerry “CJ” Destefani, II from Bellbrook High School has been accepted to six universities and plans to earn a B.S. in physics or astrophysics.
Kari Kueterman from Versailles High School will be joining the US Army Reserve this summer. Following her training, she plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in logistics management and in political science.
Noah Meyer from Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School plans to continue his studies in physics and math with a minor in philosophy.
Riko Waymire from Milton-Union High School plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to participate in their College of Nursing program.
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 Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to strengthen, promote and advocate for its member businesses and the region’s economy. Throughout its history it’s been the region’s champion, which is evident in its involvement in building dams after the 1913 flood, work in forming Wright State University and Sinclair Community College, convincing Congress that Dayton would be ideal for the government’s aeronautical research and development center and the formation of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park. The Chamber’s been recognized as a US Chamber of Commerce with Five Star Accreditation year after year. It helps develop our community’s leaders through its Leadership Dayton and Generation Dayton programs. It also supports local organizations philanthropically, such as the Dayton Metro Library, Culture Works and Miami Valley Military Affairs Association. It gives area businesses a central, unified voice.
Torch Award Recipient
BBB’s Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of those people who never stopped believing in Dayton – like the Wright brothers, Charles Kettering, John Patterson and most recently Clay Mathile. Past recipients include Aileron, Bob Ross Auto Group, Wright-Patt Credit Union, Standard Register, Teradata Corporation and Kettering Health Network. These pioneers and organizations have been and are committed to our region’s continual evolution through their leadership, community service and mentorship to the next generation. This year’s honoree is Danis Building Construction Company. The company’s track record of growing its employees, giving back to the community and commitment to innovation is inspiring. Through its community impact program - Constructing Hope, the company impacts organizations that serve those in need, such as The Foodbank of Dayton, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Rebuilding Together Dayton. In fact in 2016, 206 employees volunteered at 48 nonprofit organizations for a total of 2,604 hours. The company is passionate about the ongoing development of its employees, whether it’s through its co-op program, Danis University or the Danis Leadership Acceleration Program. Team members always place client’s interests first by demonstrating the highest levels of honesty and integrity, by providing quality and attention to detail and always standing behind the work they do. These actions have earned the company many, many industry honors.
John North, BBB president/CEO says, “All of tonight’s honorees spur us to be the best we can be personally and professionally. They model the way for all of us to operate with integrity in all we do, making our marketplace a better place to work, play and live. We are thrilled to recognize them and extend our congratulations.”
An independent panel of judges selected the Eclipse Integrity Award winners. The Eclipse Integrity Awards judges included 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); Michael Goldshot, Goldshot, Lamb & Hobbs; Lynda Hoffman, Vectren (retired); Bob Hothem, The Alternative Board Miami Valley; Phillip L. Parker, CAE, CCE, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; Harry Seifert, Standard Register Company (retired); Rick Stover, CPA, CGMA, PricewaterhouseCoopers (retired); Mike 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
; Paula Cosby, Clothes That Work; Lisa Crosley, EnviroControl Systems, Inc.; Jamie Jarosik, WDTN-TV; Jennifer McCormick, HORAN; Sandy McNamara, Dominion Academy of Dayton; Chris Moore, Eastway Corporation; Dr. Pat Prikkel, Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center of Dayton, Inc.; Shelby Quinlivan, University of Dayton; Kevin Sanford, Synchrony Financial; Ariel Walker, City of Dayton; and Tom Wiggerhaus, WesBanco Bank, Inc.
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