Your BBB Foundation Serving Northwest Florida is pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service Excellence Award and Student Ethics Scholarship from its District I area which covers Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics was created to publicly recognize business and charities that insist on exceptionally high standards of behavior dealing with customers, vendors and employees.
This year, your BBB Foundation received several outstanding nominations. Island Realty of Pensacola Beach
and the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce
both received Honorable Mentions for the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.
The Torch Award winner for a small business, Medi-Weight Loss Clinics,
was recognized for their values-based management. The Torch Award winner for a mid-sized, Sea Gallery Stores,
plays an active role in the community and chamber of commerce to promote other businesses in the area.
The recipient of the Torch Award in the charity category goes to Gulf Coast Kid’s House.
The non-profit provides child-friendly services, minimize trauma to affected families, and educate the community about child abuse.
The Customer Service Excellence Award honors an individual that goes above and beyond in their customer service activities.
BBB’s Customer Service Excellence Award winner, Gretchen Shields with Granny Nannies,
was highly recommended by her both her boss and clients. Amber Wright, BBB Dispute Resolution Specialist,
was also recognized with a Customer Service Excellence Award.
In addition to recognizing ethical businesses and outstanding individuals, your BBB also awarded three, $1,000 Student Ethics Scholarships to local students. Amber Briana Cotten,
from Pace High School; Sarah Renee Green
from Pace High School; and Sarah Malinda Killam,
from Northview High School, were this year’s recipients from your BBB’s District I area. The scholarship winners read their essay on character building, submitted as part of the application process.
For additional information about the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service Excellence Award and Student Ethics Scholarship, start with bbb.org.