BBB Names Winners of 2013 Torch Award for Ethics

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama hosted its 16th Annual Torch Awards celebration today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville and announced the winners and finalists of its Torch Award for Ethics.

The BBB also recognized five North Alabama “Students of Integrity” who were selected to receive this years’ Torch Scholarships. GaN Corporation, a Huntsville based company and Nucor Steel – Decatur served as the event’s Presenting Sponsors.  Both companies were winners of the 2011 Torch Award for Ethics.

More than 275 companies and non-profit organizations were initially nominated for the Torch Award for Ethics.

The BBB awarded the 2013 Torch Award for Ethics to:

  • LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. in the Small Business Category (1 to 25 employees)
  • AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists in the Mid-Size Company Category (26-99 employees)
  • BP Amoco Chemical Company – Decatur Site in the Large Business Category (100+ employees)
  • Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) in the Government Contractor Category
  • National Children’s Advocacy Center in the Non-Profit Category



The Torch Awards for Ethics celebration also included the 12th annual presentation of Torch Scholarships which are made available to juniors and seniors in North Alabama. When submitting an entry for the Torch Scholarship, students are asked to write a 400 word essay on what Ethics in the Marketplace means to them.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each were presented to Brittany Christain of Haleyville High School, Phoebe Finch of Deshler High School, Morgan Gaston of Guntersville High School, Alec VanWagnen of Clements High School, and Matthew Wilson of Sparkman High School.


  • Bob

    It’s amazing how one of the companies that received the “2013 Torch Award for Ethics” award is where the husband of the Head of the BBB in north Alabama works. Ethics at its best.

    • Robin Isbell

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about BBB’s Torch Awards. As the Coordinator for BBB’s 2013 Torch Award for Ethics, I handled all aspects of our judging process and took many steps to make sure that we removed any opportunity for conflict of interest or impropriety during the judging process.

      We want to be as transparent as possible and it is important for us to be aware if negative perceptions exist even with these steps taken. I welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone to share more about the steps taken to maintain the integrity of our award, and seek suggestions for additional accountability measures in our policy for future events.

      Feel free to contact me by email at or phone (256) 533-1640, ext. 104.

      Robin Isbell

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