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UW Business Students Help Sheridan Company Win BBB Torch Award

April 30, 2015

Four University of Wyoming College of Business students helped Kennon Products of Sheridan win the 2015 Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award for Ethics. This is the 17th year for the awards, presented by the BBB Center for Character Ethics, which serves Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

Students who contributed to Kennon Products’ award were Christine Bessert, an accounting and agricultural business major from Casper; Stephanie Domenico, an accounting student from Denver, Colo.; Jason Mitchell, a business administration major from Fort Collins, Colo.; and Cheyenne’s Mark Radich, a business administration and physiology student.

They joined Kennon Products representatives at a recent awards ceremony in Loveland, Colo. Kennon Products produces aircraft covers, and also has invented and manufactured a suicide prevention door used in hospitals. The company works with the United States government and NASA.

Participation by UW students is a result of a long-standing partnership between the College of Business and the BBB. They, along with business students from the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, prepared entries on behalf of 22 nominees, evaluating the ways in which the businesses promote the six TRUST! principles of EthicalEnterprising: transformation at the top; reinforce and build; unite the team; steer performance; treasure people; and enthusiastically reinvest.

Domenico says she and her classmates selected Kennon Products as an outstanding ethical company for the way the employees are treated; its proactive approach at replacing defective aircraft covers; and its high employee involvement. The students interviewed the company’s vice president, Joe Wright, and wrote the application regarding the company’s ethical practices as defined by the BBB’s TRUST! framework.

The four UW students are members of Alpha Kappa Psi, the nation’s oldest and largest professional business fraternity, which has a long-standing partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

“We nominate businesses for the Torch Awards annually, and our organization has had four winning companies the past three years,” Domenico says.

Those companies are Capital Roofing and Exteriors of Cheyenne; Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., and Basic Beginnings, both from Laramie; and GF Harvest, located in Powell.

“Our partnership with UW’s College of Business provides students with experience in meeting and learning from owners and managers of ethical businesses in our area,” says Carrie Rossman, director of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust.

BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust provides ethics-based assessment, training and recognition programs for businesses, consumers, nonprofits and students in Northern Colorado and Wyoming through three centers of excellence: BBB Center for Character Ethics, BBB Center for Fraud Prevention and BBB Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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