Huntsville, AL (November 10, 2016) -- The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Inc. hosted its 19th Annual Torch Awards celebration today at the Jackson Center in Huntsville and announced the winners and finalists of its Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB also recognized eight North Alabama “Students of Integrity” who were selected to receive this year’s Torch Scholarships. Nucor Steel - Decatur served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Nucor Steel won the 2011 Torch Award for Ethics in the Large Business Category.
More than 275 companies and non-profit organizations were nominated for the Torch Award and were given the opportunity to submit information regarding their ethical relationships with customers, employees and vendors. A prestigious panel comprised of representatives of the academic and business community judged the entries from fifty businesses and organizations that accepted their nomination and provided an entry for the Torch Award.
The BBB awarded the 2016 Torch Award for Ethics to: BID Designs, LLC in the Small Business Category (1 to 25 employees); Nesin Therapy Service, P.C. in the Mid-Size Company Category (26-99 employees); Valley Rubber, LLC in the Large Business Category (100+ employees); Dynetics, Inc. in the Government Contractor Category and Hospice of Marshall County - Shepherd’s Cove in the Non-Profit Category.
BID Designs, LLC, a public relations company located in Huntsville, AL, was recognized for operating within the bounds of integrity, honesty, and commitment to excellence. They were founded on the principle of “Always do the right thing.” For this company, business ethics is important, because there really isn’t any other way to operate.
Nesin Therapy Service, P.C., a physical therapist based in Madison, AL was recognized for their commitment to integrity in all of its daily activities. Values of excellence, collaboration, lifelong learning, and nurturing are instilled in their employees each day. They also believe in giving back to the community through education, philanthropy, and volunteerism.
Valley Rubber, LLC, a manufacturing plant located in Falkville, AL, was recognized for holding moral and social responsibility as the highest standard. Trust is the cornerstone of their corporate values and is built through serving customers, excellence in manufacturing, anticipating needs, investing in relationships, and glorifying God. These values are an integral part of how this company does business - how employees interact with one another, their customers, and the community.
Dynetics, Inc., a Huntsville, AL company offering engineering, scientific and information technologies, was recognized for placing a high value on ethics and the preservation of moral capital. The company code of ethics demonstrates a commitment to integrity at the individual level. The key qualities of honesty and fairness, open communication, accountability and respect for the law, and doing what it takes to do the right thing are promoted every day.
Hospice of Marshall County - Shepherd’s Cove, based in Albertville, AL, was recognized for their philosophy that “each patient deserves to be cared for as we would want our own family to be treated.” The foundational values that guide all decisions for this organization are dedication to the mission, excellence in performance, service, integrity in all areas, reverence, honesty and accountability.
During the local awards luncheon, sixteen other companies and non-profit organizations were honored as finalists for the Torch Award.
The finalists were:
Small: Burleson Pool Company, Inc.; Feria Painting, Inc.; Integration, LLC; and Jackson Plumbing Heating & Cooling, LLC
Mid-Size: Dealers Auto Auction of Huntsville, LLC; First Partners Bank; and Good Samaritan Hospice of Madison, Inc.
Large: Booz|Allen|Hamilton; CIS Financial Services, Inc.; and Home Instead Senior Care
Government Contractor: PeopleTec, Inc.; Qualis Corporation; and System Dynamics International, Inc.
Non-Profit: Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama; CASA of Madison County; and Downtown Rescue Mission
Melissa Riopka, an anchor for WHNT News-19, served as the Award Celebration’s Emcee.
The Torch Awards celebration also included the 15th annual presentation of Torch Scholarships which are made available to juniors and seniors in North Alabama. When submitting an entry for the Torch Scholarship, students are asked to write a 400 word essay on what Ethics in the Marketplace means to them.
Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each were presented to Anna Clay Adams of Albertville High School, Karly Beth Cook of Winfield High School, Kaitlyn N. Fennell of Florence High School, Emily Rose Maxwell of Kate Duncan Smith DAR High School, Michael Joe McMeen of Grissom High School, Molly Ann Norris of Winfield High School, Carly Allison Taylor of Hamilton High School, and Autumn Faith Terry of Lawrence County High School.
The scholarships were sponsored by Allstate Insurance - Becky Gordon, Dealers Auto Auction of Huntsville, LLC, Donny’s Diamond Gallery, Inc., Fraternal Order of Eagles - Auxiliary No. 3263, GaN Corporation, The Greater Huntsville Rotary Foundation, Huntsville Fitness Equipment/Fitness Zone, Jerry Damson, Inc., Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Southern Heating & Cooling, Inc., and Torch Technologies, Inc.