The Better Business Bureau held its 13th Annual Torch Awards at East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport, Louisiana, honoring 32 nominees in the Shreveport/Bossier market.
The special guest speaker was Scott Martinez, President, North Louisiana Economic Development. Emceed by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Parish School Board, the awards were presented to four different categories:
- Integrity Award (businesses that maintain a solid commitment to ethical business practices);
- Customer Commitment Award (business with outstanding customer service programs);
- Good Neighbor Award (businesses and employees who play a significant role in their support and involvement in local charities);
- and Not-For-Profit Award (non-profit organizations that have positively impacted the communities of Shreveport/Bossier and other surrounding parishes)
BBB recognized three finalists in each of the categories:
- Winner of the Integrity Award was Hand Construction. Other finalists in this category were Adams Painting, and Line Avenue Compounding Pharmacy.
- Winner of the Customer Commitment Award was Action Garage Doors. Other finalists in this category were Always Best Care Senior Services and Webb Professional Remodeling Services, LLC.
- Winner of the Good Neighbor Award was McCoy’s Butcher Block. Other finalists in the Good Neighbor category were Roppolo’s Insulation, LLC and Cloudz Mattress Gallery.
- Winner of the Not-For-Profit Award was Holy Angels. Other finalists were Oakwood Home for Women and Providence House.
Also recognized at the luncheon were BBB Scholarship recipients: Samantha Duran, LSU Shreveport; Jordan Flippin, Bossier Parish Community College; Lakisha Trammel-Taylor, Southern University – Shreveport; Nicholas Sacco, Centenary College; Corey Gallion, Northwestern State University and Jon Kubricki, Louisiana Tech University.
The profits from the Torch Awards will continue to be used to establish BBB scholarships to assist business majors pursuing an MBA.