Wisconsin Better Business Bureau: BBB Names Finalists in 2006 Torch Ethics Award

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Milwaukee, Wis. – The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is pleased to announce its statewide finalists for the prestigioius 2006 Torch Awards for Business Ethics and Integrity.

“These companies and charities have fostered an environment of ethics and integrity with their clients, employees, vendors, donors, industry and community, which in turn has led to their long-term success,” said Randall Hoth, president/CEO of the BBB. “We’re proud – through our statewide ethics award – to shine the spotlight on them and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The finalists are:

Category IV (1,000 or more employees)

Alta Resources, Neenah

M & I Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, Milwaukee

Category III (100-999 employees)

The Boldt Company, Appleton

R.A. Smith and Associates, Brookfield

Category II (11-99 employees)

Batzner Pest Management, New Berlin

David Hobbs Honda, Glendale

Kelmann Corporation, Wauwatosa

Category I (1 to 10 employees)

The Creative Company, Monroe

Kerzner Remodeling & Construction,



Children’s Hospital & Health System, Milwaukee

Milwaukee Center for Independence, Milwaukee

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee

The finalists were judged by a statewide, independent panel of 11 business ethics experts: Paul Borawski, executive director and chief strategic officer of the American Society for Quality; Steve Barth, a partner with the Milwaukee law firm Foley and Lardner; Deborah Fugenschuh, current president of the Donors Forum of Wisconsin; Dr. Richard Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhardt Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Viterbo University in LaCrosse; Dr. Denis Collins, associate professor of business at Edgewood University in Madison; Dr. K. Praveen Parboteeah, associate professor at UW-Whitewater; Ron Kral, managing partner for Candela Solutions in Madison; Dr. Eugene Laczniak, a marketing professor at Marquette University; Michael Troyer, a retired associate professor of business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and president of Strategic Management Associates; Dan Schroeder, president of Organization Development Consultants; and John Fons, executive vice president of Joy Global, Inc. and a member of the American Bar Association’s Sarbanes-Oxley Act subcommittee.

Winners will be announced at the BBB’s annual Torch Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. For reservations, contact Carole Milos at 414-847-6064 or visit http://www.wisconsin.bbb.org/events.html.

The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that brings 65 years of experience in fostering ethical business practices; providing dispute resolution alternatives; offering consumer and business education; and promoting customer service excellence. Our Reliability Reports provide the general public with critical information about companies both locally and nationally. To check on a company or charity visit www.wisconsin.bbb.org or call 1-800-273-1002.