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Samaritan Counseling Center taps honorees for ethics in business

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This year’s New Mexico Ethics in Business Award winners include a longtime local business leader and auto dealer, a prominent home health-care and hospice company, and the local affiliate of a national hospital assistance charity.

SAMARITAN 02-05-14Organizer and sponsor Samaritan Counseling Center has announced that the recipients are:

  • Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business: Don Chalmers Ford, Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice, and Rio Grande Inc.
  • Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Nonprofit Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.
  • PNM/Ackerman Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice: Gary Tonjes.
  • Bill Daniels Award for Ethical Entrepreneurship: Jeff Diamond.

There were 31 nominees this year, a mixture of not-for-profits, for-profits and individuals.

Samaritan said the other for-profit nominees were: Ad House Advertising/Edit House Productions, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Morning Star Motors, MVD Express, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Payday Inc., Pettigrew & Associates (Hobbs), Quality Sleep Solutions Inc., Stolar Research, The Kemtah Group and Watson Truck & Supply Inc. (Hobbs).

The remaining nominees in the not-for-profit category were: Casa Esperanza, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, LifeROOTS, Reading Works Inc., TEDxABQ, The Loan Fund, The Volunteer Center of Grant County (Silver City) and WINGS for Life.

Individuals included Brad Stevenson, Elke Wunderlich (Las Cruces), Karen Smoot, Maggie Hart Stebbins and Nan Elsasser.

Samaritan partners with the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management for the annual selection and recognition of highly ethical businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

Open nominations are made by the community at large. Then UNM business ethics students, guided by UNM professor Sarah D. Smith, 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 15th annual Ethics in Business celebration dinner will be April 23 at Hotel Albuquerque. Gold sponsors for the event are the Albuquerque Journal , Clear Channel Outdoor, Daniels Fund, New Mexico Bank & Trust and the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Tickets and table sponsorships are available from Samaritan by calling 842-5300 or online at ethicsinbusinessnm.com.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Samaritan Counseling Center by raising funds to provide behavioral health counseling services to those most in need and to support an endowed scholarship fund for student activities related to business ethics at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Samaritan provides professional psychological counseling, education and outreach programs in English and Spanish to individuals, families and children, including community members with low to moderate income.

For additional information, contact Amy Borkstrom, resource development coordinator at Samaritan, at 505-842-5300 or ABorkstrom@samaritancc.com.

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