BBB Announces Businesses with Integrity
Resource Management Services, Country Club of Peoria, and Afni, Inc. - take top honors. Sherman’s Wins Advertising Award
May 15, 2012 –Central Illinois
For Immediate Release
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 May 15, 2012.
Greg Batton of 1470 WMBD AM Radio was the lively and informative emcee for the evening and did an excellent job championing the mission and values of the Better Business Bureau.
“Resource Management Services, Inc., Country Club of Peoria and Afni, Inc. competed against other like sized businesses in three categories to be selected as the winners of the BBB’s 2012 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.”
Barbara Lindley of State Bank of Speer, was named recipient of the Jeff Bell Customer Service Award. Her nomination for the award said “Barb has a thorough understanding of bank policies and an ability to explain what the poicy is and why it is important to both the bank and the customer. She always goes the extra mile by exploring every possible way to help the customer find the best possible solution to their problem.” This award is named for 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.
BBB presented the Truth In Advertising Award to Sherman’s Place Inc. The award is presented to a company in central Illinois that best personifies the BBB’s mission of promoting honest and ethical advertising in the marketplace. Sherman’s was commended for upholding BBB standards and transparency in their advertising.
James F. Kane Attorney at Law, of Winget & Kane, was presented with the BBB’s Patron of Integrity Award. Mr. Kane has served as the BBB’s volunteer legal counsel for over 20 years. “We wanted to recognize Jim for his longstanding commitment to the BBB’s mission, values and goals”, said Bonnie Bakin, BBB President, “Always knowing that Jim has our back, allows BBB to handle the tough part of our work.”
About the BBB Torch Award:
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.