The Better Business Bureau of Central N.C. honored five local companies Wednesday night for their business ethics.
The BBB presented the 2010 annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics to Empire Today, Gate City Lincoln Mercury and Zebra Environmental & Industrial. The runner-up honorees are Bill Black Chevrolet Cadillac and Zaki Oriental Rugs.
The Torch Awards recognize companies that have a solid commitment to conducting business in an ethical fashion.
An independent panel of judges chose the winners based on several criteria including management policies and practices, customer relations, marketing/sales practices, and community involvement.
In announcing the winners, Todd Wilson, the 2010 chairman of the local BBB, said:
“In difficult economic times, ethics in the marketplace become even more important. That is why we honored five companies who stand out for their high standards.”
The BBB also honored its two Student Ethics Scholarship winners: Blair Bloomquist of Grimsley Senior High School who is attending Barnard College in New York City and Tyler Daniel of Western Guilford High School who is attending UNC at Chapel Hill.
New boards members elected Wednesday night are: Brad Huffstetler of the United Way of Greensboro; Julie King of After Disaster; Marc Ashley of MarketAmerica; Paul Mason of VF Corp.; Dave Marcone of Allgood Construction Co.
And Barbara Kelly of Century 21-Elliott Properties.
New executive committee members are : Scott Fleming of Replacements Ltd., chairman; Tim Ilderton of Ilderton Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, vice chairman; Joe Johnson of U.S. Home Exteriors, secretary; and Kim Cass of John F. Dunton & Associates, treasurer. Todd Wilson will be immediate past chairman