September 13, 2013 - Peoria, Illinois
For Immediate Release:
Federal Companies, ServiceMaster of Central Illinois, and Chily's Drywall & Finishing Take Top Honors.
The Better Business Bureau presented the Torch Awards for Business Integrity at a dinner held at the Gateway Building in Peoria, attended by nearly 200 area business leaders, on September 12, 2013.
"Federal Companies, ServiceMaster of Central Illinois, and Chily's Drywall & Finishing" competed against other similar sized businesses in three categories to be selected as the winners of the BBB's 2013 Torch Award for Business Integrity," said Jessica Tharp Vice President of the Central Illinois Better Business Bureau, which serves 36 counties in central Illinois. "The winning companies were deemed to exercise integrity and consistently meet very high standards in their relationships with customers, employees, vender/suppliers, industry peers and our community."
Mike Lane and Ashley Lane were named recipients of the Jeff Bell Customer Service Award. Ashley, the Office Manger and Special Events director for Jump Start Gymnastics was nominated by the owner of the business noting she is a key reason for their success. Mike, a salesperson and customer service extraordinaire at Pearls & More Jewelry was also nominated by the company's owner. Each exemplifies the character of Jeff "Bubba" Bell, a longtime supporter of the BBB; he worked at Coleman Printing for 24 years. His dedication to his family, community and customer service was extraordinary.
Trouble-Free Heating and Cooling was awarded the Truth In Advertising award for their commitment to leading by example when advertising. President, Dave Osborn stressed, "It's not just advertising, but running a great company from the ground up. That means drug screening employees, and making sure everyone in the organization puts their best foot forward."
Local media outlet WMBD 31 took home the Partners In Trust award for their attentive coverage of consumer scam updates and news briefs.
The Patron Of Integrity award was given to Donna Peters of DPA Services. Donna has been a longtime supporter of the BBB and was truly honored that the BBB would notice hers and her company's efforts and take the time to honor her.
Bonnie Bakin, President and CEO of the BBB serving Central Illinois, would like to thank this year's nominees and recipients noting that, "This was one of the hardest to judge due to how great each of the businesses are at doing what they do best - serving their customers."
You can see pictures of the 2013 Torch Awards event and award recipients on the BBB Heart of Illinois Facebook page.
About the BBB Torch Awards:
The mission of the Better Business Bureau system is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education and service excellence. The Central Illinois Better Business Bureau established an annual award program to gain public recognition for Central Illinois companies that maintain a solid commitment to conduct their business practices in an ethical fashion.
The Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding business to ensure that our marketplace remains fair and honorable for all Americans. Companies do not need to have a full-scale ethics program in operation in order to compete. They simply need to demonstrate that they meet the judging criteria.