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Editorial: Doing the Right Thing Betters the Community

“The ethics thing is something we just do,” says Monte Skarsgard who operates Los Poblanos Organics and is one of the recipients of this year’s New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards.

And it’s the same for the other five winners who will be recognized tonight at an awards banquet at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

For the 2011 recipients, doing the right thing in the right way is “as basic as inhaling and exhaling,” says Laurie Roche, the director of resource development at Samaritan Counseling Center, which founded and has given out the awards since 2000. Gold sponsors for the banquet are the Journal’s Monday Business Outlook, New Mexico Bank & Trust, PNM, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Samaritan Counseling Center and the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management

This year’s awards and winners are:

• Jack and Donna Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by For-Profit Business — Andy Lee General Contractor, First Born Program and Los Poblanos Organics.

• Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Nonprofit Organization — Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team, or WESST.

• PNM/Akerman Award for Individual Excellence — Barbara Allender.

• Bill Daniels Award for Individual Ethical Entrepreneurship (new this year) — Betty Chao, the founder and owner of Westech International Inc.

Congratulations to all and thanks for conducting business in a way that makes the community proud.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.