The Better Business Bureau team announced the winners of the 2012 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics on Tuesday, April 19. The luncheon was held at Pebble Creek Country Club with Gary Blair, Texas A&M University women’s basketball coach, as the guest speaker.
The Torch Award recognizes businesses that maintain high standards of ethical behavior in buyer and seller relationships and uphold the trust of their customers. There were 38 nominees with 17 finalists made by individuals or businesses in the Brazos Valley.
There are three different categories for businesses to win: Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.
The Small Business category was awarded to Aggieland Automotive. Bobby Miksch and Kirk Holland have used honesty and integrity to grow their business into what it is today. Their strong business platform has built long-term relationships with their customers.
Readfield Meats & Deli as well as the University Title Company won the Medium Business category. This is the first time that the judges agreed on a tie between two businesses.
Readfield Meats & Deli has been in business for 52 years. Richard, Larry and Roland Ruffino took over the businesses from their parents. The family business and honest reputation has kept customers coming back for generations.
The University Title Company has grown from a two-person office to more than 50 employees. The title company strives to provide exceptional service to every individual who walks through the door. This is the second time the business has received the award, winning in 2002.
The Large Business category was awarded to BMI Defense Systems. Beverly and Kyle Greenwood are devoted to providing superior products to their customers. “They maintain a standard of ethical excellence unmatched by any other company I know,” a retired Marine Corps General said in a reference letter.
“By conducting the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics competitions across the country, and then honoring the most outstanding companies for recognition, the BBB system is seeking to illuminate the importance of a company’s obligation to the marketplace to do what is right and what is fair,” said BBB President Bill McGuire.