BBB Announces Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce and Student of Integrity

April 29, 2015

BBB Announces Torch Awards for
Ethical Commerce and Student of Integrity



The anticipation is over as 2015 Torch Award Recipients were revealed at BBB’s dinner event held April 28 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.  Jennifer Kraus, Newschannel 5, award winning investigative reporter, served as emcee of the event attended by more than 350 business owners and community leaders.

Annually since 1998, BBB presents Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce to companies in Middle TN who exemplify BBB’s mission of ethical business practices.  The BBB Torch Awards program is a rigorous process for any company participating in the entry process, says, Kathleen Calligan, BBB CEO.  "This is no popularity contest as nominees are reviewed by a panel of independent judges who evaluate the company’s demonstrated commitment to business practices that build trust with employees, customers, and vendors and in the marketplace." 

For this year’s event, BBB Board of Directors, invited, George K.H. Schell, The Coca-Cola Company to give the keynote address.  Mr. Schell gave an inspiring message on how the company collaborated with BBB to promote truth in advertising in the 1900s, and shared strategies on how to use communication to build trust in today’s marketplace.  Southwestern Advantage was presenting sponsor for the 3rd year in a row.

Congratulations to the 2015
BBB Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce:


Category 2 (11-50 Employees)
Evans Glass Company,
Nashville, TN












Category 3
(51-174 Employees) 
Freeland Chevrolet, Antioch, TN










Category 4 (over 174 Employees) 
by unanimous decision of the judges, two Recipients:


Southwestern Advantage,
Nashville, TN














Lee Company,
Franklin, TN                 







“The BBB Torch Awards is always an inspiring event”, said BBB Chairman, Steve Huff. “This year’s outstanding Torch Awards Recipients and Finalists serves to remind us how fortunate we are to be a part of a marketplace that is not only vibrant and robust, but also firmly anchored on a foundation of ethical commerce.”

The following companies were honored as 2015 Finalists for their commitment to building an ethical marketplace in Middle Tennessee.

  • Rittenhouse Payments, Brentwood, TN
  • Concept Technology, Inc., Nashville, TN
  • Frontier Basement Systems, Clarksville, TN
  • Wilson County Motors, Lebanon, TN




In addition to announcing the 2015 Torch Awards Recipients, Hannah Wicks, a senior at Lincoln County High School, Fayetteville, TN was named the 2015 BBB Student of Integrity and awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

Student of Integrity Finalist, Christopher Welch, a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High, in Nashville, TN and Lucas McClanahan, a senior at Santa Fe Unit School in Santa Fe, TN both received a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of TN and The Integrity Foundation, Inc., the educational arm of the BBB of Middle Tennessee. Should the students choose to attend Belmont University College of Business, Belmont will match their scholarships.


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