15th Annual EiBC Awards Finalists Announced

Mar. 06, 2017 by Ashley Sava

Finalists were notified Thursday, March 2 at Concordia Texas

Article written by Joel Coffman, RecognizeGood

RecognizeGood is proud to announce the finalists for the 15th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards.  Finalists were notified Thursday, March 2 at an event hosted at Concordia University Texas.  This prestigious award recognizes the best in Central Texas leadership. Businesses, nonprofits and individuals in five categories have been nominated by the community for their exemplary ethical leadership, outstanding ethical practices and excellent business principles including respect, fairness, honesty, justice, and sustainability.

Nominations were solicited from May 2016 through January 2017. The nominees were vetted by the students of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. Students reviewed and researched the initial nominees and narrowed this list down to 15 finalists (three in each category). Next, the students will begin a rigorous, in-depth review of each finalist and present their findings to an independent selection committee, this year for the first time made up of Leadership Austin alumni, who will select the final award recipients. The selection committee is led by Dr. Lynette Gillis, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas.

“The Ethics in Business & Community awards program is truly an exceptional educational experience,” Gillis said, praising the program and its impact on her students. “Our students have the opportunity to witness firsthand a community that comes together to support and celebrate the ethical business practices of honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.”

Concordia has been awarded the Tom & Reina Wiatt Scholarship of $15,000 for their involvement with the research and selection process of selecting the finalists.

Finalists for the 15th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards are as follows:

The final awards will be announced at the annual awards luncheon on May 18, 2016.  It is attended each year by hundreds of Central Texas business leaders and is expected to draw more than 600 attendees in 2016. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Bobby Jenkins, CEO of ABC Home & Commercial Services, and Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation.  For more information about the event, sponsorships and tickets, please click here.

Jenkins praised the program and the significance of the award. “This is one of those awards that I think is one of the most special ones in town. For any businessperson, what do you aspire to be? To be viewed ethically by the community, I would say is one of the best things that any of us could ever achieve.”

Proceeds from this event benefit the Samaritan Center, who organized and presented the Ethics in Business Awards until the program was adopted by RecognizeGood on its 10th anniversary. Samaritan Center is a nonprofit counseling center that provides professional counseling, integrative medicine and community education to prevent and treat abuse, teach healthy life skills, and strengthen families. The Center serves children and adults of all ages who are struggling with a variety of problems such as stress, depression, abuse and addiction. The Samaritan Center’s Hope for Heroes program has received statewide recognition for helping service members and military families heal the emotional wounds of war and reintegrate back into our community. More information about the Center can be found at www.samaritan-center.org.

RecognizeGood is a local nonprofit that provides a means for individuals and organizations to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout greater Austin. There are several active programs that work toward this mission from different angles, but the common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community. The mission of RecognizeGood is to elevate the spirit of community by catalyzing a movement of good deeds and unselfish charity through recognizing, rewarding and promoting good in our businesses and the communities in which they reside.

Leadership Austin ignites passion for community leadership. Since 1979, the organization has developed and created community among leaders from the business, non-profit and public service sphere. Leadership Austin offers a variety of programs that explore critical community issues, develop the leadership skills to address those issues, and foster relationships to work collaboratively for positive change. Members of the Leadership Austin family influence the community in measurable, meaningful ways to improve the quality of life for all in our region.

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