Twenty-four businesses from Southwest Florida have been nominated for the 7th annual Business Ethics Award, presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The winner will be recognized at the Uncommon Evening to be held on June 7 at Harborside Event Center, downtown Fort Myers.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award recognizes organizations that exemplify standards of high ethical behavior in how they conduct their daily operations and during times of crises. These organizations demonstrate a commitment to business ethics at all levels of the organization from line employees to middle and upper management; a commitment to business ethics in their dealings with customers, vendors, shareholders, regulators, lenders and the community; a commitment to business ethics in their marketing, communications and sales practices; and have a reputation in their industries and communities for having a commitment to business ethics.
Those nominated as of Feb. 8 include AmeriDry; CRS Technology Consultants; Colliers International, Southwest Florida; Fort Myers Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte; Fort Myers Floral Designs; Good Wheels; Habitat for Humanity in Lee and Hendry Counties; HBK Source Financial; The Heights Foundation; Home-Tech; Hope Hospice and Healthcare Services; and Marquis Wealth Management.
Others are McKibbon Hotel Management; Mirror Lakes Golf Club, Lehigh Acres; Office Furniture and Design; Peace River Distributing, Port Charlotte; Prawnbroker Restaurant Group; Scott Fischer Enterprises/Harley Division; Seacoast National Bank, LaBelle; Smart Companies; Stokes Marine; Structure Medical, Naples; Ted Todd Insurance; and Waste Management of Collier County/Waste Management of Charlotte County.
Additional nominations will be accepted until March 5. Contact Arlene Roth at the Uncommon Friends Foundation for information about the nomination and application process at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-337-9503.
Past recipients of the Business Ethics Award are Homebanc Mortgage, Atlanta; Bonita Bay Group, Bonita Springs; WilsonMiller of Naples; Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright CPA's, Fort Myers; and Conditioned Air of Naples.
The list of nominees as of Feb. 8 for the 7th annual Business Ethics Award, presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation:
* CRS Technology Consultants
* Colliers International, Southwest Florida
* Fort Myers Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte
* Fort Myers Floral Designs
* Good Wheels
* Habitat for Humanity in Lee and Hendry Counties
* HBK Source Financial
* The Heights Foundation
* Hope Hospice and Healthcare Services
* Marquis Wealth Management
* McKibbon Hotel Management
* Mirror Lakes Golf Club, Lehigh Acres
* Office Furniture and Design
* Peace River Distributing, Port Charlotte
* Prawnbroker Restaurant Group
* Scott Fischer Enterprises/Harley Division
* Seacoast National Bank, LaBelle
* Smart Companies
* Stokes Marine
* Structure Medical, Naples
* Ted Todd Insurance
* Waste Management of Collier County/Waste Management of Charlotte County
Nominations will be accepted until March 5.
The 2012 judges of the Business Ethics Award are David Beard, MS, MBA, Director of Ethics & Employee Relations Ret., Northrup Grumman, currently Senior Trainer with the Josephson Institute of Ethics, Santa Ana, CA; Linda Brennan , Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University, Macon, GA; and Charles Fornaciari, Ph. D., Uncommon Friends Chair of Ethics, College of Business, FGCU.
Sponsorships and tickets for the June 7 event are available. Tables of eight, if purchased before May 8, are $450. Individual tickets are $60. Contact Arlene Roth at the above for information.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993 dedicated to lifelong character-building among today's youth and business leaders. The foundation teaches and recognizes the same positive values author James D. Newton discovered in five unique men and their wives - Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh - intellectual giants who helped shape the 20th Century. The foundation promotes character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.
For more information, call 239-337-9505 or visit www.uncommonfriends.org.