Six Amarillo area businesses have been selected to receive the 2012 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics by the BBB of the Texas Panhandle.
The Torch Awards recognizes companies that exemplify ethical business practices. The 13th annual awards luncheon will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room. Individual tickets are available by calling 379-6834.
This year’s recipients of the Torch Awards are:
Allison Welding, Jim Allen, President - BBB Accredited since 1965
Attebury Grain, Inc., Suzanne Boyce, President - BBB Accredited since 1969
Hills Sport Shop, Kirk Hill, President - BBB Accredited since 1967
Hoarel Sign Company, Gary Cox, Owner - BBB Accredited since 1969
Mayfield Roofing, Inc. Ronnie Mayfield, Owner - BBB Accredited since 1969
Ray Electric Company, Jerry Ray, Manager - BBB Accredited since 1969
This year’s winners have been accredited with BBB 43 - 47 years and represent our longest tenured accredited businesses. All companies have an A+ rating. “This longevity is a huge accomplishment in today’s market,” said Janna Kiehl, CEO of the BBB. These companies consistently have been part of the pillars of our community.” They have kept a commitment to ethics and to the BBB Standards for Trust in the marketplace all those years.
Included in this year’s Integrity Awards is the first annual Students of Integrity Scholarship Awards. Students who personify ethics in their academic activities, leadership responsibilities, community service, home, church and work environments were asked through their high schools to submit an application. The winners will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college/university of their choice. “We recognize tomorrow’s ethical leaders and support their commitment to doing the right thing,” said Kiehl.
2012 Students of Integrity Recipients:
John Clark, Hartley High School; Rochelle Fangman, Vega High School; Maegan Geoffroy, Tascosa High School; Devin Gunstream, Dimmitt High School; Brandon Hathaway, Fort Elliott High School; Wesley Hawthorne, Memphis High School; Leah Redwine, Claude High School; Landry Setliff, Kress High School; Kinsley Smith, Arbor Christian Academy;
Amy Weinheimer, Groom High School.
Winners were selected from twenty- two applicants based on an essay they submitted, transcripts and letters of recommendation.
The Excellence in Community Service Award
The Excellence in Community Service Award is given to an individual who has shown unfailing dedication to serving the community. Many can and do serve but the recipient of this award continually brings the core values set forth by the Better Business Bureau to their everyday practices. This year’s recipient is Dusty McGuire who was the founder and executive director of Keep Amarillo Beautiful. “Dusty has served the community unselfishly for many years and we are honored to be presenting her with this award,” said Kiehl.
The Integrity Awards are designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses and individuals to ensure that our country's marketplace remains fair and honorable for all Americans.