Past Recipients
Congratulations to all of these fantastic businesses and charities!


The Torch Awards pay tribute to large and small businesses as well as nonprofits that demonstrate outstanding commitment to fair, honest, and ethical practices. Each organization went through a meticulous application process to illustrate its commitment to ethics and community leadership.

The winners were closely evaluated and chosen by an independent panel of judges. The judges examined each applicant’s ethical standards and practices, long-standing reputation, marketing, advertising, management practices, and training programs through an “above-and-beyond” microscope.

 

 

2016 Large Business Winner
Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems

Since 1999, Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems has provided basements and foundation services, crediting their customers as the most important piece to their success. They provide free radon test kits to consumers during National Radon Awareness month, and are actively involved in the community through charitable and outreach events. Large business finalists included Weifield Group Contracting and Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care.

 

 

2016 Medium Business Winner
Vivax Pros 

Vivax Pros was founded in 2004 with only one goal in mind—to raise the bar for customer service in the Home Improvement Industry. They have doubled in size since 2015, by going above and beyond the call of duty for every single customer, and by adhering to a commitment to integrity and dependability. Medium business finalists included Traemand and Applewood Our House.

 

 

2016 Small Business Winner
GreenPoint Roofing, LLC 

Locally owned and operated, GreenPoint Roofing serves the Colorado Front Range, offering exceptional quality roofing installation and repair and gutter servicing, and sticking to their word regarding cost of the project, even if they take a loss. They actively support the local community by generously giving time, energy and funds. Small business finalists included Premier International Tours and Agency of Credit Control.

 

 

2016 Large Nonprofit Winner
Butterfly Pavilion 

A pillar of the community for over 21 years, seeing over 5.5 million visitors in their tenure, Butterfly Pavilion operates on the tenets of providing an amazing guest experience. In 2016, Butterfly Pavilion was also awarded the Colorado Distance Learning Association program of the year for their distance learning program. 

 

 

2016 Small Nonprofit Winner
Colorado Christian Services

Colorado Christian Services has been helping build families through adoption since 1963, with a commitment to performing services with the highest level of integrity and transparency, while also nurturing trust with the birth mothers and adoptive families they serve. Colorado Christian Services has placed nearly 1,200 children into their forever families.

 

 

2015 Large Business Winner
Diversified Radiology

Founded in 1927, Diversified Radiology has a high level of stability and trustworthiness in the Denver area.
Diversified Radiology stands out as a premier radiology group because quality patient care is their primary goal.
Diversified Radiology has a team of top-tiered radiologists dedicated to the utmost medical care ensuring that each doctor concentrates exclusively on their individual specialties.
With pediatric, neuro and body imaging radiologists available 24 hours a day, you can trust that patient care is at the center of their practice.

 

 

2015 Medium Business Winner
FORTRUST

Integrity and trust are important in every business; However in this specific industry they are critical to success.
FORTRUST has demonstrated that they are a progressive and accomplished data center that provides unprecedented services to clients across the globe.
FORTRUST is headquartered in Denver, marking 14 years of 100% continuous critical systems up time.
FORTRUST accomplishments are attributed to their people, processes, operations, maintenance and risk mitigation strategies.
One-third of their employees are veterans, which is just one of the many ways FORTRUST is enhancing their relationship with the community.

 

 

2015 Small Business Winner
Advanced Audiology Inc. 

The awards, recognition and accomplishments that Advanced Audiology, Inc. has received over the years are not only impressive, but validation that they are one of the leaders in their industry.
Advanced Audiology, Inc. implemented one of the nation's first infant hearing screening programs here in Denver.
The owner of the business is Colorado's first board certified doctor of audiology and has more than 25 years of both hospital and clinical experience.
Our winner is the co-founder of Mexico's first school for deaf children and founding organizer of the Samaritan House Health-Fair for Homeless Children.

 

 

2015 Large Nonprofit Winner
Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way is one of the most trusted organizations in our community and has been giving back to Denver for more than 125 years. The dedication to their donors and their mission is nothing short of exemplary.
Mile High United Way focuses on the fundamental building blocks for a good quality of life by focusing on early childhood development, education and youth development, and family income and economic stability.
Mile High United Way knows that our community's challenges are bigger than any one organization can solve alone and work collectively with hundreds of local agencies.

  2015 Small Nonprofit Winner
  Community Shares of Colorado

 Community Shares of Colorado has been in Colorado for more than  25 years and has been described as inspiring, financially transparent and work collaboratively with all other nonprofits creating individual philanthropy to create human well-being in the community.

2014 Large Nonprofit Winner
Bayaud Enterprises

Since 1969, Bayaud Enterprises has served thousands of individuals by providing daily paid work and/or employment training in a variety of jobs and settings that have resulted in positive outcomes for many.

 

2014 Large Business Winner
Hammersmith Management, Inc.

As a locally-owned, privately held company since 1981, Hammersmith Management, Inc. is a full-service management company providing customized solutions to address each community’s needs, giving careful consideration to the culture, vision and budget of the neighborhood. “We have been a part of the Better Business Bureau for the last 30 years and it has been one of the best organizations we have ever been affiliated with and I think it gives our clientele reassurance about what our business ethics are,” states CEO, John Hammersmith. 

 

2014 Medium Business Winner
Core Contractors, Inc.

Based in Denver since 2001, Core Contractors, Inc. boasts a team of experienced contractors and roofers who perform new roof installations, roofing maintenance, and roof repairs.

 

2014 Small Business Winner
A Master’s Hands, LLC. 

With 30 years of experience, A Master’s Hands, LLC., is a full-service handyman and remodeling services contractor with experience in all areas of remodeling, maintenance and construction services, including anything from electrical, plumbing, drywall, carpentry, trim work, and gutter cleaning to complete bathroom, bath, and basement remodeling.

 

2014 Small Nonprofit Co-Winner
mpowered 

Since 2002, mpowered has been a resource for individuals and families in Colorado who want to learn about money management and participate in coaching to achieve their personal definition of financial success. “To have an outstanding organization like the BBB recognize that what we are doing has value and has merit is a wonderful opportunity and we are very grateful,” states Amy Fidelis, Marketing Director for mpowered.

 

2014 Small Nonprofit Co-Winner
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence 

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth, and children. “Nonprofits have a particular obligation to ensure that the way that they are doing business, their business practices are ethical, are humane, and to follow the values that I think the BBB gives life to,” states Anne Tapp, Executive Director at SPAN.

       2014 Community Advocate
       Culver Van Der Jagt


2013 RECIPIENTS

 

2013 Nonprofit Winner
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been the national leader in youth mentoring since its founding in 1904 in New York City. In Colorado, our history began in 1918 with Claude Blake, chief probation officer in Denver, who watched wartime conditions cause an increase in lawlessness among boys in his community. Recognizing that these boys needed guidance more than critics, Blake established Big Brothers of Denver. Currently operating out of offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is the largest youth mentoring agency in the state. Throughout our history, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has helped young people overcome tremendous obstacles to become stable, successful adults.

 

2013 Large Business Winner
Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care

Swingle was founded in Colorado in 1947 by tree surgeon John Swingle. We remain a Colorado company, singularly focused on creating beautiful outdoor spaces year-round in Colorado’s unique climate. We are owned by Coloradoans. We hire Coloradoans.  Swingle employs more certified arborists than any other company in the region.  Swingle’s records for safety and customer retention are among the highest in the industry.  Swingle provides a broad array of lawn care and tree services for homeowners and businesses, including: Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control, Tree & Shrub Pruning & Trimming, Outdoor Holiday Lighting & Décor, Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems and Lawn Aeration.

2013 Small Business Winner
Integrity Electrical

Integrity Electrical Solutions believes there is a place in the Colorado Front Range market for a customer centric electrical service company that is driven by a strong vision and set of guiding values.  Integrity Electrical Solutions provides comprehensive electrical, data, energy optimization, alternative energy, and building automation services to industrial, commercial, and residential customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The highly trained staff is able to respond to a wide range of requests from emergency repair and replacement to scheduled service.

 

2013 Executive of Integrity Winner
Raymond Garcia, DRG & Associates, Inc.

Bio coming soon.

 

2013 Employee of Integrity Winner
Colleen Suitt, Colorado Christian University

Colleen Suitt is the Program Director/Online Clinical Coordinator for the Masters of Counseling program at Colorado Christian University (CCU). Her relationship with CCU started nine years ago as an undergraduate student. She received a BS in Business Administration in 2011, and will complete an MBA in November of this year. As staff for CCU, Colleen initially filled the role of Academic Advisor for adult students and recently took on a new challenge with the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities. Colleen lives in Lakewood with Michael, her husband of 33 years, and has four grown sons and one grandson.



2012 RECIPIENTS

 

2012 Nonprofit Winner
Outreach United Resource Center

Since being founded in 1986, the Outreach United Resource Center has been a beacon of hope for people in need in the greater Longmont area. The organization’s mission is to help move people toward self-sufficiency by unifying community resources. The OUR Center provides vital programs and services to get people through short-term financial crises, and works with others on longer-term case plans as they move toward self-sufficiency. At the OUR Center, clients are accountable to be active participants in their progress, and as a result, receive a hand up – not a hand out. Since being founded more than 25 years ago, OUR Center has provided tens of thousands of people with much-needed services and has become the leader in helping people move toward self-sufficiency.

 

2012 Large Business Winner
OMNI Financial

Omni Financial Services has been in business for 25 years and employs over 150 people in the local area. It has been based in Colorado since 1995 and has been an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau since 1997. Omni Financial sees itself as the premier tax debt resolution company, an industry pioneer and believes there would be no tax debt representation industry in Colorado if it were not for Omni Financial.

2012 Small Business Winner
AAA Quality Air Duct & Carpet Cleaning

QADCC was founded in 2006 as the dream of a refugee to this country. From Togo, owner Christophe Samarou came here seeking a brighter future. Since its founding, QADCC has made serving its customers its most important goal. To that end, training and certification of each technician along with rigorous customer service standards, have made QADCC an industry leader in residential duct and carpet cleaning. In every service that it offers, QADCC endeavors to treat every home as they would their own and to leave every customer knowing that they have received exceptional service.



2011 RECIPIENTS 

 

2011 Nonprofit Winner
Warren Village

Warren Village was established as a federally subsidized transitional housing program for single-parent families. They have helped more than 3,950 single-parent families move towards self-sufficiency through the development of life skills, increased income and improved job skills.

 

2011 Large Business Winner
Champion Windows

Champion Windows, Siding and Patio Room is a manufacturer, distributor, installer and wholesaler of high performance home improvement products. They operate in over 70 markets across the country with one of four manufacturing facilities located in Denver. Champion began in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio as a small manufacturer of aluminum storm windows. Their Denver presence has grown to be one of the premier home improvement providers.

 

2011 Small Business Winner
AMA Construction

AMA Construction, Inc was founded as a midsize general contractor determined to redefine the contractor’s role in the building process. Specializing in office buildings, retail centers, financial institutions, tenant improvements and remodeling projects, AMA is a company that is completely guided by their mission statement: “There’s a better way to build, and we’ve found it.”



2010 RECIPIENTS 

2010 Nonprofit Winner
The Denver Rescue Mission

Since 1892, the Denver Rescue Mission has been meeting the needs of the poor and homeless through emergency services, rehabilitation, community outreach, transitional housing, and assistance with permanent housing. Through the provision of food, shelter, clothing, and health services, they address the immediate physical needs of the disadvantaged. The Mission then provides transitional housing and long-term rehabilitation programs that help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

2010 Large Business Winner
Piper Electric Co., Inc. (PECI)

Piper Electric Co., Inc. (PECI) is a private company established in 1983 and is locally owned and operated. They perform work in many market segments. These segments are electrical service including commercial and residential; commercial construction that includes multi-family, retail, medical and educational facilities; plant and facility projects including biotech, industrial and renewable energy.

2010 Small Business Winner
Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck

Founded in 1992 , Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck moved in 2006 to its current location in Westminster, Colo., Lake Arbor Auto has received seven Gold Star Certificates, is a AAA-approved repair facility and has the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence with five ASE certified Master Technicians on staff. Lake Arbor Auto is an Automotive Service Association member and is a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists.