Three Southwest Florida businesses have been named as finalists for the 2014 Business Ethics Award presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. In addition, three teachers have been named to receive the annual Character Education Teacher award.
The business finalists are Home Tech, Sunshine Ace Hardware, and The News-Press.
The business ethics winner will be announced during the foundation's Uncommon Evening Wednesday, March 26, at Harborside Convention Center, Fort Myers.
The finalists for this 9th annual business ethics award were selected from an original pool of nominees from all over Southwest Florida. The award is presented in recognition of the critical importance of ethical leadership in today's businesses and will be presented to the business that exemplifies the highest standards of ethical behavior. The nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of ethics experts from across the country.
Home-Tech, established in 1981, is a privately held, employee owned appliance and air conditioning service, installation and service agreements company with 130 employees in Fort Myers.
Sunshine Ace Hardware is a neighborhood hardware store in Naples, Golden Gate, Bonita Springs, San Carlos Park, Marco Island, and East Naples. It is a family owned business established in 1958; today it has 250 employees.
The News-Press Media Group, founded in 1884, is a publicly traded company with 280 employees in Fort Myers.
Past recipients of the Business Ethics Award are HomeBanc Mortgage Corp., WilsonMiller, Inc., Bonita Bay Group, Shell Point Retirement Community, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., Conditioned Air, Hope HealthCare Services, and Ted Todd Insurance.
The three teachers receiving the character education award are Maggie Walters, 6th grade intensive reading and TV production, Mariner Middle School, Cape Coral; Trish Engvalson, 4th grade teacher, Tropic Isles Elementary, North Fort Myers; and Deborah Marino, 2nd grade teacher, Sea Gate Elementary, Naples.
Tables and individual tickets for the March 26 Uncommon Evening are available, as well as sponsorships. Tables of 8 are available for $750; individual tickets are $100. Information and reservations may be obtained by contacting the foundation at 239-337-9503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.
For additional information, call 239-337-9505 or visit www.uncommonfriends,org.
-Source: Uncommon Friends Foundation