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Business Ethics Award Winners Named

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The 2013 New Mexico Ethics in Business award winners include a credit union, plumbing contractor, an arts group and a pair of individuals, organizer Samaritan Counseling Service said Tuesday.

The winners are:

♦ Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business goes to Kirtland Federal Credit Union and TLC Plumbing & Utility.

⋄  The Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Nonprofit Organization goes to Southwest Creations Collaborative.

⋄  The PNM/Ackerman Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice goes to Kurt E. Gass of Roswell.

⋄  The Bill Daniels Award for Ethical Entrepreneurship goes to Gene Hinkle of Albuquerque.

Every year, Samaritan partners with UNM’s Anderson School of Management for selection and recognition of highly ethical businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook is the media sponsor.

Nominations from the community go to UNM business ethics students, guided by UNM professor Sarah D. Smith, to complete a semester-long research project reporting on the final nominees. An independent volunteer selection committee, chaired by Henry C. South, managing director at Atkinson & Co., named this year’s recipients.

The winners will be celebrated at the 14th annual Ethics in Business dinner on May 1 at Hotel Albuquerque.

Gold sponsors for the event include the Albuquerque Journal, Daniels Fund, New Mexico Bank & Trust, PNM Resources, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Samaritan Counseling Center, and the UNM Anderson School.

Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling 842-5300 or visiting www.eithicsinbusinessnm.com.

Proceeds benefit the Samaritan Counseling Center’s behavioral health counseling services to those in most need and to support an endowed scholarship fund for student activities related to business ethics at the UNM Anderson School.

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