St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 5, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois presented BBB TORCH Awards to 11 businesses and two charities and Student of Ethics awards to three students at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 2, at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.
“The BBB TORCH awards recognize companies and charities who exemplify exceptional customer service and ethical business practices. All of these organizations help meet the BBB’s mission of building trust in the marketplace,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president and CEO. “Our Student of Ethics awards recognize students who have shown they understand ethics by writing about how ethics play a part in everyday situations.”
Kevin J. Hunt, president and chief executive of Ralcorp Holdings Corp. of St. Louis, accepted the top award, which recognizes of his company’s commitment to exceptional customer service and ethical business practices. Scott Wittkop, president of the McCarthy Building Companies’ Central Division, presented the award on behalf of last year’s top winner, Derek Glanvill, McCarthy’s corporate president, who was unable to attend the luncheon.
Hunt said Ralcorp’s core values include adhering “to a strict code of ethics and operating with integrity.” The company embraces a “diverse culture in which differences are not only encouraged, but embraced.” Ralcorp leads the nation in providing a variety of high quality store brand foods that supermarkets sell under their own names.
Ten other companies and two nonprofits were recognized for their commitments to business ethics and customer satisfaction:
- Arrowhead Building Supply Inc., St. Peters.
- Brown Germann Enterprises Inc., dba Shred-It, Hazelwood.
- Design Aire Inc., Bridgeton.
- GMF Inc., dba Foundation Recovery Systems, Moberly, Mo.
- Jeffco Guttering Co., Fenton.
- Overhead Door Co. of St. Louis, Maryland Heights.
- Miriam Foundation, Webster Groves.
- Performance Plumbing Inc., O’Fallon, Mo.
- StoneTrends LLC, Chesterfield.
- Streib Electric Co., St. Louis County.
- The Mission Continues, St. Louis.
- Woods Basement Systems Inc., Collinsville, Ill.
Businesses are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. The awards committee, made up of previous winners, looks at how the company benefits customers, employees and the larger community. They also must meet BBB ethical, advertising and selling standards.
Three high school students received Student of Ethics awards of $2,500 each to be applied toward college expenses. They were selected from 271 students who submitted essays, transcripts and recommendations. The winners are:
- Melina Delkic, Oakville Senior High School, St. Louis County, Mo.
- Nathaniel Robert Leingang, Columbia High School, Columbia, Ill.
- Jacqueline Mueller, Seckman High School, Imperial, Mo.
Sponsors for the 2012 TORCH Awards included Charter Communications, an underwriting sponsor; and event sponsors Brown Shoe Co., Delta Dental of Missouri, Monsanto Company, the Mungenast Automotive Family and Schnuck Markets Inc.
Businesses and charities may apply for next year’s TORCH Awards by submitting a nomination form and supporting documents. Customers also may nominate companies or charities. Nominations are due by May 1, 2013.
Students may apply for the Student of Ethics Award by submitting an application form, transcripts and an essay. More information is available online. The applications are due by April 27, 2013.
Contacts (News Media Only): Michelle Corey, President & CEO, 314-645-0606, email@example.com, or Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, 314-584-6743 or 314-681-4719 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org