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14th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards Announced

Hundreds joined together at the AT&T Conference Center for the 14th annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards, recognizing outstanding ethical business practices and celebrating the idea that doing good is good business in Central Texas. Award recipients in five categories were honored, followed by the presentation of the Anita & Earl Maxwell Lifetime Achievement Award. The theme of the awards program is encouraging the partnership between business and community in order to make Central Texas stronger.

Award recipients were announced as follows:

Large Business: 3M

Mid-size Business: Radiation Detection Company

Small Business: Chasse Consulting

Nonprofit: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Individual: Brett Cenkus

Lifetime Achievement: Regina Rogoff, People’s Community Clinic 

Nominations are made by the community online at, then vetted by business students at Concordia University before being trimmed to three finalists in each category and presented to a selection committee of business and community leaders led by Dr. Lynette Gillis, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. Proceeds from this event benefited the Samaritan Center, who presented the Ethics in Business Awards until the program’s adoption by RecognizeGood in 2011.

“The Ethics in Business & Community awards program is truly an exceptional educational experience,” Gillis said, praising the program and its impact on her students. “Our students have the opportunity to witness firsthand a community that comes together to support and celebrate ethical business practices of honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.”

Finalists for this year’s awards included NXP Semiconductors and Pinnergy in the Large Business category, Five Stone Tax Advisers LLC and TASUS Texas in the Mid-size Business category, BLGY Architecture and the Bommarito Group in the Small Business category, Foundation For The Homeless and Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary in the Nonprofit category, and Mark Kiester and Ingrid Weigand in the Individual category.

Earl Maxwell of St. David’s Foundation and the RecognizeGood Board of Directors emceed the event, and awards were presented by previous winners including Sandy Dochen of IBM, Andrew Cooper of the TyRex Group, Josh Behjat of Hagbros Precision, Jerry Davis of Goodwill Central Texas and Patti C. Smith of KVUE. The official ballot-counter for the awards was Atchley & Associates.

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RecognizeGood: THE Foundation (commonly known as simply RecognizeGood) is a local nonprofit that provides a means for individuals, businesses and other nonprofits to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout the greater Austin area. There are several active RecognizeGood programs that work toward this mission from different angles, but the common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community.