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Ethics in Business awards unveiled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque has announced the recipients of its 2017 New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards.

Heads Up Landscape Contractors and John Moore & Associates are the winners of the Jack & Donna Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a for-profit business. Heads Up designs, installs and maintains commercial and residential landscapes. John Moore & Associates is a financial planning business.

Winning the Paul and LaDonna Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a non-profit is Crossroads for Women, which provides services for women affected by homelessness and incarceration who have mental and addictive disorders.

Chet Stewart, an owner of French Funerals & Cremations, is the receipient of the PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice. The Ethical Young Leadership Award goes to Thomas Broderick, managing principal of BPW&C, which provides tax, assurance, accounting and management advisory services.

“There were 28 outstanding nominees this year,” Samaritan Resource Development Director Ernest Rodriguez-Naaz said in a news release. “The committee deliberated for an entire day before coming to a unified conclusion.”

The selection committee is made up of community and business leaders who volunteer their time.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at the Ethics in Business Awards banquet dinner, a Samaritan fundraising event, on April 26 at Hotel Albuquerque.

The presentation will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails starting at 5 pm. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at or by calling Samaritan at 505.814.2626.

Sponsors of the banquet are New Mexico Bank & Trust, the Albuquerque Journal and the UNM Anderson School of Management.