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14th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards Announced

Hundreds joined together at the AT&T Conference Center for the 14th annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards. This ceremony recognizes outstanding ethical business practices and celebrates the idea that doing good is good business in Central Texas. The ceremony honored recipients in five categories, followed by the presentation of the Anita & Earl Maxwell Lifetime Achievement Award. The program encourages the partnership between business and community in order to make Central Texas stronger.

2016 Award recipients:

Large Business: 3M

Mid-size Business: Radiation Detection Company

Small Business: Chasse Consulting

Nonprofit: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Individual: Brett Cenkus

Lifetime Achievement: Regina Rogoff, People’s Community Clinic 

Nominations are made by the community online at, then vetted by business students at Concordia University. Concordia students trim the nominations to three finalists in each category. Next, students present the finalists to a selection committee of business and community leaders. This committee is led by Dr. Lynette Gillis, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. Proceeds from this event benefited the Samaritan Center. The Center presented the Ethics in Business Awards until the program’s adoption by RecognizeGood in 2011.

“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 ethical business practices of honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.” Finalists for this year’s awards included NXP Semiconductors and Pinnergy in the Large Business category, Five Stone Tax Advisers LLC and TASUS Texas in the Mid-size Business category, BLGY Architecture and the Bommarito Group in the Small Business category, Foundation For The Homeless and Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary in the Nonprofit category, and Mark Kiester and Ingrid Weigand in the Individual category. Earl Maxwell of St. David’s Foundation and the RecognizeGood Board of Directors emceed the event. Previous winners, including Sandy Dochen of IBM, Andrew Cooper of the TyRex Group, Josh Behjat of Hagbros Precision, Jerry Davis of Goodwill Central Texas and Patti C. Smith of KVUE, presented the awards. The official ballot-counter for the awards was Atchley & Associates.

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