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Ethics award winners named

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This year’s New Mexico Ethics in Business Award winners include a used car dealership, a popular pizza chain, the local community college, a former director of a nonprofit that provides services to the developmentally disabled, and a media director at a prominent bank.

Organizer and sponsor Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque has announced the recipients. They are:

• Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business: ReCarnation and Peter DeFries Corp./Dion’s Pizza.

• Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit Organization: Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).

• PNM/Ackerman Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice: Elaine Solimon, former executive director of ARCA.

• Bill Daniels Award for Ethical Young Leadership: Jennifer Riordan, director of community and media relations at Wells Fargo.

There were 26 nominees this year, a mixture of not-for-profits, for-profits and individuals.

Samaritan said the other for-profit nominees were: American Auto Clinic, Baca & Redwine C.P.A., P.C., Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers Inc., Clear Channel Outdoor, Mark Pardo Salons and Slate Street Café.

The remaining nominees in the not-for-profit category were: Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, NDI-New Mexico, Project Peace Pal, Rotary Club of Albuquerque and Santa Fe Business Incubator.

Individual nominees included: Beverlee McClure, Ellis Tanner, Eric Renz-Whitmore and Ken Carson.

Young Leadership nominees included: Jose Viramontes, Jade Richardson Bock, Molly Moran, Tim Nisly and Rebecca Loubriel Avitia.

Every year, Samaritan partners with the UNM Anderson School of Management to select and recognize highly ethical businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Nominations come from members of the community at large. After an initial screening process conducted by Ethics in Business Committees, UNM business ethics students guided by UNM professor Sarah Smith complete a semesterlong research project reporting their findings on each of the nominees. An independent volunteer selection committee, chaired by Tom Antram, analyzed each student report and named the award recipients.

The 16th annual Ethics in Business celebration dinner will be April 29 at Hotel Albuquerque. Gold sponsors for the event are the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Bank & Trust and the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Ashley Gonzales, Resource Development Specialist at Samaritan Counseling Center 505-842-5300 or via email at

Proceeds from the dinner benefit Samaritan in its work to provide psychological counseling, financial literacy training, education and outreach in English and Spanish to individuals, families and children. Proceeds also support an endowed scholarship fund for student activities related to ethics in business at the UNM Anderson School of Management.