Austin Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin TN Funeral HomeBBB Middle TN Announces Recipients of 2013 BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce

Monday, May 17, 2013

In the Fall of 2012, the Better Business Bureau solicited nominations for the 2013 Torch Award for Ethical Commerce and the response was overwhelming.  “BBB received over 250 nominations!  Those businesses received an Entry Packet to be completed and it was no easy task.  They were asked to respond to numerous questions and provide backup documentation. The completed Entry Packets were reviewed by an independent panel of Judges – there, the decisions were made determining the Finalists and Recipients for the 2013 Torch Award for Ethical Commerce,” stated Kathleen Calligan, President & CEO of the BBB Middle Tennessee.

“While Middle Tennessee has proven to be home to so many great companies operating with high character, these four BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce recipients clearly demonstrated with their entries superior character on a daily basis, and consistently exceed marketplace standards for ethics in their relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which they do business,” said Calligan.

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BBB Middle Tennessee celebrated the four recipients of the 2013 BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce, along with the finalists and all the qualifying nominees, at the Celebration Dinner held at the Nashville Airport Marriott on Thursday, May 16.

Keynote Speaker, Joe Scarlett, retired Chairman, Tractor Supply and Founder of the Scarlett Leadership Institute delivered a compelling message identifying  key  practices for successful leaders:

  • Never compromise your principles
  • Surround yourself with great people
  • Set clear direction, repeat often and be consistent
  • Build your team, keep no secrets, recognize people, celebrate their success
  • Continue to develop yourself, the more you learn the more interesting you are and the more your attract quality people
  • Take time to really think about your business, build your career plan
  • Think about your family & take time to develop deep loving relationships

Recipients of the 2013 BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce are:

Small-Sized Business Category with 1 – 10 Employees:

Recipient – Coleman Taylor Transmissions, Inc. (Franklin, TN)
Finalists –  Austin Funeral & Cremation Services (Brentwood), Baggett Heating & Cooling, Inc. (Clarksville), BNA Talent Group (Nashville)

Medium-Sized Business Category with 11 – 50 Employees:

Recipient – Harris One-Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Clarksville, TN)
Finalists – Ashbusters Chimney Service, Inc. (Smyrna), Fire Sprinkler, LLC (Nashville), Frontier Basement Systems (Clarksville)

Large-Sized Business Category with 51 – 174 Employees:

Recipient – Don Kennedy Roofing Company, Inc. (Nashville)
Finalists –  Freeland Chevrolet (Antioch), Southwestern Advantage (Nashville)

Very Large-Sized Business Category with 175+ Employees:

Recipient –  First Community Mortgage, Inc. (Brentwood)
Finalists –   ADS Security, LP (Nashville), BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (Nashville), Frost Arnett Company (Nashville)

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