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BBB Honors Exceptional Businesses, Charities at BBB TORCH Awards

The BBB today is announcing the winners of its TORCH Awards, which recognize businesses and charities that have exceptional ethics and outstanding customer service.

The Better Business Bureau today is announcing the winners of its annual TORCH Awards, which recognize businesses and charities that have exceptional ethics and outstanding customer service as well as service to their employees and the community.

The 11 businesses and two charities selected this year are chosen by previous winners, who voted last month after reviewing applications submitted by the candidates, reading profiles of the candidates and taking a hard look at their records in dealing with consumers.

The BBB often investigates and warns consumers of businesses that aren’t treating people right, so it’s a pleasure to honor some that are doing the right thing. Please join us in honoring these companies and charities:

St. Louis, Mo., August 15, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois will present 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.

“This year’s TORCH Award winners are true shining examples of service and commitment, not only to their customers but to their employees and the community as well,” said Joanie Taylor, BBB board chair and director of consumer affairs and community relations at Schnuck Markets, Inc. “Their exceptionally high standards inspire us all to bring our own personal best to the marketplace each and every day.”

The top award will go to Kevin J. Hunt, president and chief executive of Ralcorp
Holdings Corp.
of St. Louis., in recognition of his company’s commitment to
exceptional customer service and ethical business practices. Last year’s top
recipient, Derek Glanvill, corporate president of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. of Rock Hill, Mo., will present the award to Hunt. KMOV News Anchor Jasmine Huda will emcee the event.

Ten other companies and two nonprofits will be recognized for their commitments to business ethics and customer satisfaction:

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.

Companies and charities may nominate themselves, or they may be nominated by customers or other businesses.

The BBB presents winners with a crystal trophy that they can display. They may
promote their status in advertising, marketing and on their websites.

Three high school students will receive 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.

The noon event is in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza. Tickets for the
luncheon are available at $50 a person, or $500 for a table of 10. Patron tables for 10 are available for $1,500. To reserve a table or a seat at the event, please call 314-645-0606 or send email to executive.assistant@stlouisbbb.org.

About the BBB

The BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies, 11,000 charity reviews, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information. 

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