Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce Recipients

May 18, 2017

BBB Middle Tennessee Announces Recipients of 2017 Torch Awards For Ethical Commerce

The 2017 Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce Recipients were announced at the BBB Board of Director Luncheon Meeting held May 17 at Bridgestone Arena. “The BBB Torch Awards program is a rigorous entry for any business participating in the nomination process”, say’s Courtney McGee, Event Logistics, chair of the Torch Awards Committee. “This is not a popularity contest. Each nominee was required to submit an entry responding to and providing supporting documentation to four business performance criteria that builds trust with employees, customers and vendors in the marketplace.”

Established in 1998, the BBB Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce spotlights companies in Middle Tennessee that exemplify BBB’s mission of ethical business practices. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the 2017 presenting sponsor, makes it possible for each recipient to receive this prestigious recognition during a celebration held at their place of business with employees, business partners, customers, family and friends.

“Presenting the Torch Award to each recipient at their place of business celebrates the vital role employees have in fostering a culture of ethical business principles”, says Kathleen Calligan, CEO, BBB Middle TN. “Trust is the golden currency that creates customer loyalty, sustains business success and raises the standards for commerce in Middle Tennessee.”

The 2017 Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce Recipients were selected from over 100 Nominees who responded to a call for entry by submitting their entries.  These entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges from the buisiness and academic communities.

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Join US in celebrating the
2017 BBB Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce Recipients:

Category I (1-10 employees)
Furnished with Finesse, Mt Juliet, TN

Saundra and David Raynak


Category II (11-50 employees)
Michael D. Ponce & Associates, Goodlettsville, TN

Kimberly and Michael Ponce


Category III (51-174 employees)
Auto Art Body Shop, Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Jeff Sullivan and Twila Harris


Category IV (175+
Frost-Arnett Company, Nashville, TN

Paul Sachtleben

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